Any facility currently performing carotid artery stenting, diagnostic catheterization or Cath/PCI may apply for accreditation.
The path to accreditation includes:
- Complete Online Application
An in-house review of the application is performed by ACE staff to ensure completeness.
- Data Review
Nurse and physician reviewers will be assigned to review application data and identify potential issues or items that require further clarification. Physician reviewers are selected from a multidisciplinary pool of experienced carotid stent, vascular medicine, and neurologic clinicians that are consistent with the physicians who perform CAS at the applicant institution.
- Site Visit
All facilities will be subject to an onsite review by a team of experienced, trained, objective nurse reviewers. The review includes physical inspection, chart audits, reviews of standard operating procedures, peer review, review of outcomes and interviews with key personnel.
- Angiography Review
A random collection of angiographic studies will be collected for independent review. These studies are evaluated for image quality, adherence to angiographic standards and appropriateness.