Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Electrocardiogram (EKG) and Echocardiogram (Echo) Volume
Why we measure it- Our specialists at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee use the latest technology to perform more than 15,000 diagnostic tests on heart patients every year. We frequently use two types of tests, the electrocardiogram (EKG) and the echocardiogram (echo), which do not use radiation. Team members have special training using this equipment to interpret data and deliver the best results.
What this means - An echocardiogram is a procedure that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to check the heart's structures and function. It is completely safe for children. An electrocardiogram is a quick and painless test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias) and detects heart muscle damage.
About the data - This graph shows the number of EKG and echo tests we performed from 2009 through 2012.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
Patients and families:
- If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible to reschedule so another child can be seen.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Check with your insurance provider before your visit to see if a referral is needed to see a specialist at Children's Hospital.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications your child is taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses. e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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