Desert Perinatal Associates is AIUM accredited in both Fetal Echocardiography and OB/GYN. But what does that actually mean? And what does a health care facility need to do to achieve accreditation, especially by an organization like the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)?
In order to receive AIUM accreditation, it means that a significant milestone in patient care has been reached.
AIUM accreditation, a voluntary peer-review process, involves a stem-to-stern, top-to-bottom check-up on all aspects of an ultrasound practice. These aspects include doctor qualifications, physical facilities, the ultrasound machines, the detailed instructions (protocols) for performing each ultrasound test, and the policies in place for safeguarding the health and safety of every patient who has an ultrasound examination, plus much more.
To keep staff members who perform ultrasound examinations up-to-date on the latest and best practices in the field, the AIUM requires appropriate training, as well as continuing education in the field.
What It Takes to Achieve Accreditation—and Keep It
When an ultrasound practice—such as a hospital’s radiology or ob-gyn department—applies to the AIUM for accreditation, an assessment of every aspect of the practice’s operation (including both staff and equipment) is required. For accreditation, ultrasound facilities must have:
• Well-qualified personnel.
• High standards for the performance of each ultrasound procedure.
• Appropriate ultrasound facilities and equipment.
• Adequate record-keeping.
• Quality assurance guidelines.
Accreditation is not just a one-time assessment. Ultrasound practices accredited by the AIUM must go through the same exhaustive audit every 3 years, to retain their accreditation.
In short, AIUM accreditation provides a good measure of reassurance for patients. This accreditation is the hallmark of an ultrasound practice that meets nationally accepted standards of patient care, demonstrates consistent excellence, and is current with the latest ultrasound technology.
Desert Perinatal Associates is proud to offer Las Vegas residents the latest in specialized perinatal equipment and technology. We have the facilities to perform state-of-the-art testing and evaluation to monitor you and your baby’s condition and ensure that advanced treatments can be implemented as safely and quickly as needed, including:
- Advanced 3-D and 4-D ultrasound equipment will help you to better visualize the features of your developing fetus.
- Intrauterine Transfusions
- Fetal Echocardiography for early diagnosis of fetal heart problems
- Non-Stress Test
- Biophysical Profile and Doppler Studies.
- Early (first trimester) prenatal risk assessment.
- Uterine Artery Doppler studies in pregnancy that can predict an increased or decreased risk for developing pre-eclampsia (toxemia) in patients at risk
- Middle cerebral artery Doppler studies that can diagnose fetal anemia as well as help in the management of growth restriction, low amniotic fluid and other conditions
- Umbilical cord artery Doppler studies that can help avoid fetal compromise and in some cases predict imminent fetal loss
THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Patients may be accompanied by up to two friends or family members (please avoid bringing younger children).
- Patients do not need full bladders for ultrasounds.
- Please try to arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment and allow one hour for an average visit.
ULTRASONOGRAPHY: A PEEK INSIDE
There’s nothing more exciting than getting a sneak peek of an unborn baby, however, ultrasonography or ultrasound is far more than an amusement, it is an important diagnostic tool for the Maternal-Fetal Specialist. In fact, at Desert Perinatal Associates all of our sonographers are certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and also hold certifications in Nuchal Translucency (first trimester screening), Fetal Echo, and have received numerous hours of advanced Perinatal Sonography training. Our sonographers’ also possess an aggregate of nearly 100 years sonography experience so that they can detect even the slightest variance in a pregnancy. What this means is that both you and your baby will be well cared for by both our ultrasonographers and our team of perinatal specialists.