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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-44

Quality assurance and improvement project in echocardiography laboratory: The pivotal importance of organizational and managerial processes


Division of Cardiology, University Hospital Notre Dame Des Secours, Byblos; School of Medicine and Medical Sciences (SMMS), USEK University, Kaslik, Lebanon

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Dr. Antoine Kossaify
Division of Cardiology, University Hospital Notre Dame des Secours, Byblos
Lebanon
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/HEARTVIEWS.HEARTVIEWS_112_20

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Echocardiography plays a vital role in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular conditions. Echocardiography use is progressively increasing nowadays, and this is correlated to the evolving echo indications, to the relatively new available echocardiography modes (tissue Doppler imaging, speckle tracking imaging, three-dimensional mode, etc.) and modalities (transthoracic, transesophageal, and intracardiac) along with the various available clinical approaches (point of care echo, portable echo, etc.). Quality assurance in echocardiography is correlated to appropriate use criteria, adequate equipment, standardization of performance and reporting, along with timely storage and archiving. Quality improvement plan must target strategic planning, with metrics and timeline for assessment and re-assessment of results. Improvement project aims to ensure and enhance conformity with appropriate use criteria and standardization, timely completion of exams and reports, detection of discrepancies, and continuous improvement of knowledge and skills. Strategic planning is essential in this context in order to develop organizational and managerial processes, with regular auditing for a highly professional and advanced level of echocardiography, while ensuring teamwork and standards of ethical values.


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