Chest Pain Center reaccredited until 2015
Nov. 12, 2012
The Chest Pain Center at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis has earned full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for three more years.
In addition to offering the accreditation, the society helps hospitals improve care processes to enhance patient treatment and outcomes.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to receive best care practices and it’s multidisciplinary in the hospital — it takes lab, radiology, even operators, because everyone plays a role in patient treatment,” said Timothy Lewis, clinical care coordinator and chest pain coordinator at the center.
In cardiac care, timing is essential, so one focus of the CPC is community education, including educating school-age children on the signs of chest pain. Children often see things before adults do, and teaching them to call 911 when they identify signs of chest pain can result in faster treatment for the adult. This education can be done in collaboration with Emergency Medical Services.
Along with community education, the center also works to make the patient process as efficient as possible to save heart muscle. Whether patients come in via EMS, from another facility or walk in, expediting patient care and treatments can result in more positive outcomes.
The process for accreditation took about nine months of data collection and resource allocation, and training of all staff members. In the end, the documents filled a book about 4 inches thick.
“I want to really thank senior management and the interdepartmental managers and staff who are utilized in the chest pain improvement committee, who worked in consultation with physician quality alliance to provide the data, and the nursing staff, hospitalists and cardiologists who provide patient care every day,” said Lewis. “Everybody collaborated extremely well, especially in the midst of the changes while this process was going forward.”
The center was originally accredited in 2009.