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Neuroscience program, lab earn accreditation

by Megan Fink
Public Relations
The Department of Neurosciences has reason to celebrate as their stroke program and two neurophysiology labs earned official recognition last month demonstrating their commitment to excellence.
The Joint Commission, an independent and nonprofit organization that evaluates the level of care given to patients, reviewed the certified primary stroke center last month. The commission survey team analyzed a collection of data from the past years looking for successful completion of guidelines, such as the consideration of a clot-busting drug for every stroke patient and the surveillance and education of risk factors to prevent stroke recurrence. The center passed without recommendations, which is the best possible outcome for the regional leader in stroke care. While the stroke program was initially certified in 2007, this recent validation grants two more years of certification.
“There’s a satisfaction in knowing that I work at a place that offers so much for stroke patients,” said Elizabeth Grannell, R.N., stroke program manager. “Since stroke is so prevalent in our area, there’s opportunity to be involved and spread the word of our capabilities to prevent disability and death.”   According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious disability.
In addition to the stroke center’s recertification, the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists accredited both the electroencephalography (EEG) and neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring (NIOM) programs. This five-year accreditation of both programs comes from a nationally-recognized organization that establishes the highest standards in the field. Areas evaluated include medical and technical standards, program management and organization, and medical expertise. MUSC’s EEG program is the only accredited site in the state, while the NIOM program is one of only five accredited locations in the entire country.
“This is a true accomplishment and a testament to the dedication and commitment from every level of our Neuroscience Service Line to deliver the highest level of care to the patients that we serve daily,” said Adam Kornegay, Clinical Neurophysiology Services manager.
Many people played a role in both these major accomplishment including June Darby, R.N., Neuroscience Institute Service Line administrator; Robert Adams, M.D., MUSC Stroke Center director; Jonathan Edwards, M.D., MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program director and Clinical Neurophysiology director; the neurophysiology staff; members of the stroke and cerebrovascular team; Neuroscience physicians and nurses; and rehabilitation specialists.
According to one of the Joint Commission surveyors, it was evident that all of MUSC’s staff was involved and very passionate about what they do. She also noted that the review is not something one can throw together in a few days knowing their committee is coming for a survey.
MUSC’s performance and adherence to rigorous standards of quality care is routine and is validated in years of patient outcome documentation.

Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

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