History of Echo Cardiography department at AFIC/NIHD dates back to the history of the institute itself. The department started functioning in 1978 with one Toshiba ECHO machine. Over the past more than three decades, the department has evolved in to a modern setup and is equipped with 12 top of the line ECHO machine systems, housed at various locations within the institute to cater for the requirements of indoor and outdoor patients. Main setup of the department is located at the 1st floor of the new OPD Block.
The department is also providing training and valuable experience to postgraduates and undergraduates in Cardiology and Medicine, attached for rotational training, many of whom are now consultants serving in this institute and other centers, all over the country and abroad.
Generally increased patient numbers have led to progressively increasing patient volume over the years. With steps at capacity building, the department has incorporated fresh skilled entrants and latest, state of the art equipment. The department performed around 55,782 ECHO studies in 2012, with the majority being entitled personnel and their dependents.
The department offers its services to both indoor and outdoor patient of the entitled and non-entitled categories. Entitled patient include Armed Forces personnel and their dependents and referred Federal Government employees and their families. Non-entitled categories include patient referred by in-house consultant and those referred by consultants practicing in other hospitals. These include patient granted free concession/ or concessional fee (like those funded by Fauji Foundation, or being supported from Zakat and Bail-Ul-Mal heads). Patient safety remains a prime consideration and the department staff follows the recommendations of relevant international guidelines in letter and spirit. All technical staff is BCLS qualified.
The department is capable of performing the following tests:-
- Stress Echo weekly basis
- 3D echo
- Transoesophageal Echo
The department performs echocardiography tests, around 230-250 per day by appointment, 5 days a week. Emergent request are accommodated within 1-2 hours, with the report issued within another 10mins. Routine working hours are from 8AM to 3PM, Monday through Friday, with non entitled patients entertained till the time of availability of the treating consultant. Physician’s advice and all relevant documents need to be presented for an ECHO appointment. Facilities are not routinely available over the weekend and on gazzetted/ public holidays but emergencies are entertained as and when required.
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