November 19, 2013- DMC Cardiovascular Institute at Harper University Hospital Receives Carotid Stenting Accreditation
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Harper University Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Carotid Stenting by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). CVI is one of only six in the country to receive accreditation.
“At the DMC, cardiovascular health is one of our top priorities,” said Dr. Ted Schreiber, President of DMC CVI. “As we continue to grow our services in anticipation of our 2014 heart hospital opening, we welcome any opportunity--such as this accreditation--to take our expertise to the next level, to then provide for our patients.”
Accreditation by the IAC 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 IAC 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,” said 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."
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.
WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.
Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Talk to your doctor about your concerns.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:
- Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
- Sore Throat
- Stuffy nose
- Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.
WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.
- Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
- Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
- Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
- Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
- Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
- Avoid close contact with other people.
- Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.
IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?
- Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
- Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
- Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
- If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.
IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.
REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.