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Quality assurance in echocardiography 

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

K.F. Fox

and B.A. Popescu

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199599639.003.0028
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date: 22 August 2019

Quality assurance (QA) in echocardiography is the systematic process of ensuring that information sent out by echo laboratories is timely, appropriate, and accurate. 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 QA programme needs to be an essential part of any echo laboratory. Life-determining clinical decisions may depend on it. In this chapter we describe the background to QA, current evidence and guidelines, and a systematic approach to QA.

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