Atlantic General Hospital’s vascular laboratory has attained recognition
for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality
testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved accreditation
by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States,
costing society over $83.7 billion each year in health services, medications
and lost work time due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood
supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability
in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.
One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders
of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, 2 million people in the United
States alone develop deep vein thrombosis – blood clots in the veins.
This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when
the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.
Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible
through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within
The vascular laboratory at Atlantic General Hospital, located in Berlin,
Md., is one of a growing number of vascular laboratories in the United
States, Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards for
noninvasive vascular testing. During the accreditation process, every
aspect of the laboratory’s daily operations and its impact on the
quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed.
While completing the application, laboratories are required to identify
and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality
Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory’s
attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing. ICAVL accreditation
is valid for a period of three years.
ICAVL is a non-profit organization established with the support of eleven
medical societies including cardiology, neurology, radiology, vascular
medicine, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine and biology.