DMC Cardiovascular Institute Earns Accreditation


DETROIT — The Detroit Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute at Harper University Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in carotid stenting by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. The institute is one of only six in the country to receive accreditation.

The accreditation means that DMC Cardiovascular Institute has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts in the field of Carotid Stenting. The commission grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to have processes in place to ensure quality patient care, in compliance with national standards. The IAC’s comprehensive application process includes a detailed procedure review.

“This unique accreditation validates our commitment to quality and safety. This is a badge of honor representing the highest standard in carotid stenting,” says Dr. Mahir Elder, DMC medical director of endovascular medicine, and medical director of cardiac care unit. “The IAC accreditation, volume, and good quality outcomes, make CVI the leader in the state of Michigan and among the highest in the nation.”

Hospitals pay a process fee for accreditation but it does not guarantee accreditation, says Elder. “Frequently, hospital pay processing but denied accreditation based on quality, volume, and safety,” he says. “Some hospitals perform the procedure without accredition,” Elder adds.

Decreased blood flow to the brain caused by plaque on the inside of the carotid arteries is a serious cardiovascular condition that may lead to stroke. Carotid Stenting is a therapeutic procedure used at the site of the blockage to provide support to keep the artery open. Carotid stenting, a moderately invasive procedure, may be considered an alternative to carotid surgery in some patients. While Carotid Stenting can be extremely beneficial in reducing the risk of stroke due to carotid artery disease, the effectiveness of the procedure is significantly impacted by the performing facility’s adherence to benchmarks related to standards defining optimal resources, training and outcomes.

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