Northwestern Memorial First in Nation to Receive Carotid Stenting Accreditation
Northwestern Memorial Hospital April 12, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute was recently granted accreditation for carotid stenting through the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Carotid Stenting Facilities (ICACSF). The hospital is the first in the country to receive this designation, which recognizes facilities that excel in carotid stenting and have processes in place to ensure quality patient care, in compliance with national standards.
“Our staff is very proud of this accomplishment. Carotid stenting can play a major role in reducing the risk of stroke due to carotid artery disease,” says Mark Eskandari, MD, chief of Vascular Surgery, Northwestern Memorial’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. “By raising the bar and being the first carotid stenting facility in the country to receive accreditation, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to high quality patient care.”
Decreased blood flow to the brain caused by plaque inside of the carotid arteries is a serious cardiovascular condition that may lead to a stroke. Stroke is the third most common cause of death among adults and the leading cause of long-term disability. Carotid stenting is a minimally invasive procedure in which the surgeon uses a stent to expand the inside of the carotid artery to increase blood flow and reduce the risk of a stroke. Supporters of carotid stenting say there’s less trauma on the body because no general anesthesia is used, no incisions and less pain, shorter hospital stays and less recovery time.
Accreditation by the ICACSF means that Northwestern Memorial Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts in the field of carotid stenting. The ICACSF’s comprehensive application process includes a detailed procedure review.
“The ICACSF’s accreditation is the gold standard by medical experts in this field that patients can rely on as an indicator that our facility is the place to go for carotid stenting,” says Mark Eskandari, MD.
The vascular surgeons in the Center for Vascular Disease at Northwestern Memorial have performed over 300 cases of carotid artery stenting, which has been approved by the FDA. The Center for Vascular Disease is only one of a few regional centers designed to train physicians in this technology. Learn more information regarding carotid artery disease and carotid stenting.