IOM Program Receives 5-year Accreditation
Children's Mercy One of Only Three Children's Hospitals with Accreditation
The Children’s Mercy’s Intraoperative Neuromonitoring program is excited to announce that it has received a five-year accreditation by ABRET Neurodiagnostic and Accreditation.
There are only 36 ABRET Certified NIOM (neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring) laboratories in the United States. Children’s Mercy is one of only three children’s hospitals with this accreditation.
Intraoperative monitoring is a way to monitor the integrity of the spinal cord, cranial nerve and brainstem structures during surgical procedures such as scoliosis correction, tethered cord, vertebral fractures, vertebral disc surgeries, posterior fossa, and brain step surgeries for tumor removal.
During these procedures, the intraoperative team, which consists of an IONM technologist and a physician, monitor and communicate the findings with the surgeons in real time. This has led to significant improvement in the outcomes of these surgeries.
Children''s Mercy has had an intraoperative neuromonitoring program for nearly two decades, working primarily with orthopedics and neurosurgery. During this time, the program has gone from monitoring 10 cases per year to 250 cases per year.
The accreditation process reviews and accredits NIOM labs meeting technical standards and demonstrating quality. Evaluation focuses on standards, policies, and lab management.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City is ranked as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals” in nine specialties rated by U.S. News & World Report and has received MagnetTM recognition for excellence in nursing services five consecutive times. With 386 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 750 pediatric subspecialists, we care for children from all 50 states and from around the world. In addition, our leadership in pediatric genomic medicine and individualized pediatric therapeutics is driving research and innovation in neonatology, nephrology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, heart, cancer and other subspecialties to transform outcomes for children. Children’s Mercy also is nationally recognized for innovation in psychosocial care and creating a family-centered environment focused on the unique needs of hospitalized children and their families. Our love for children powers everything we do, inspiring our research, innovations and our everyday care. Because love has no limits. And with it, neither do we.