What Patients Should Know
Welcome to the Patient Information section of IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization online. The IAC provides the following information about cardiovascular catheterization as a service to the general public. This section is designed to help prospective patients stay educated and informed about cardiovascular catheterization and the importance of accredited facilities.
IAC Accreditation – The “Seal of Approval” Patients Can Count On
Private offices, clinics and departments within hospitals that are accredited by the IAC submit to a review of their daily operations. By participating in the accreditation process, these facilities demonstrate a commitment to the performance of quality cardiovascular catheterization procedures and strive to meet nationally recognized standards. During the accreditation process, applicant cardiovascular catheterization facilities must submit documentation on every aspect of their daily operations. While completing the application, facilities are required to identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality improvement programs. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with the IAC Standards. Once granted, IAC accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the facility must undergo a repeat evaluation.
Locate An IAC-Accredited Cardiovascular Catheterization Facility
IAC offers an online tool to assist patients in locating an IAC accredited facility. When scheduling a procedure, patients are encouraged to research the accreditation status of the facility. Find An IAC-Accredited Facility»
How Else Can I Find Out If My Cardiovascular Catheterization Facility Is Accredited?
Look for the official IAC Seal of Accreditation! Your facility may have the Seal of Accreditation (pictured top right) on display as an indicator you are receiving the highest level of care. Patients can also try searching for the official certificate (pictured bottom right) as an indicator that the facility is granted accreditation by IAC.
The official IAC certificate contains the Seal of Accreditation, facility name and address, testing areas which the facility is accredited and the date the accreditation is granted through.
Resources for Patients
SCAI | Seconds Count ... Educated Patients Lead to Better Care
At SecondsCount.org, Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) promotes healthy hearts, one family at a time. When patients and their families are educated about cardiovascular health, they are better prepared to navigate the medical system and actively participate in their care. SecondsCount.org is a public information website hosted by SCAI to provide expand awareness of cardiovascular health issues, from prevention to treatment and everything in between. Learn more at www.secondscount.org.