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Quality assurance in echocardiography 

Quality assurance in echocardiography
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Quality assurance in echocardiography
Author(s):

Kevin F. Fox

and Henry J. Skinner

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198726012.003.0072
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date: 23 September 2020

Quality assurance in echocardiography is the systematic process of ensuring that information sent out by echo laboratories is timely, appropriate, and accurate. QA may be both an internal and an external process. QA relates to all aspects of a service, so not only should reports be timely, accurate, and useful, but the patient’s experience should be a safe and positive one. All aspects of a service need to be continuously monitored and optimized if quality is to be maintained and furthermore improved. Particular focus is needed on reporting and measurement with continuous checking for reporting errors and assessment of measurement variability. A systematic quality assurance programme needs to be an essential part of any echo laboratory. Life-determining clinical decisions may depend on it.

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