Using best practice protocols and processes in managing and providing care for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients
The Chest Pain Center at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis is fully accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
The Chest Pain Center uses proven best practice protocols and processes in managing and providing care for the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient. With the approach, medical care is maximized during the critical period of a heart attack. Additionally, many patients may have chest pain but the exact cause is unknown. Physicians admit these patients with an uncertain diagnosis to the Chest Pain Center.
While there, the patients are closely watched, complete serial blood and ECG testing are conducted, and cardiac stress testing is scheduled if indicated. The physician decides whether admission is required or the patient can be safely dismissed to go home based on the results of this testing. The Chest Pain Center’s goal is to safely dismiss the patient as soon as possible.
The Chest Pain Center strives to not only improve the care of the ACS patient but also to be a resource for the community in early heart attack care. All of this is accomplished by improving our relationship with EMS providers, fostering teamwork among hospital departments, improving patient flow, following established protocols and increasing community awareness.