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Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Center v6 Accreditation is a quality improvement program designed for hospital cardiovascular (CV) teams that are focused on the efficient and effective care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. CPC v6 Accreditation drives you to establish consistent, high quality processes across the continuum of care, furnishing you with a roadmap for progress and highly valued, sustainable performance.

We struggled with a few things. We struggled with our risk stratification. Accreditation absolutely improved processes, not only at Northeast Baptist but for the Baptist Healthcare System. We've improved our Troponin times. We've improved our door-to-ECG times. Our door-to-balloon times are just phenomenal.

Michael Cline, Associate COO, Northeast Baptist Hospital, San Antonio, TX

On-Demand Chest Pain Center Webinars

Want to learn more about the benefits of Chest Pain Center Accreditation? Our service line specialists have recorded informational webinars that provide an overview of key accreditation topics and explain how your steps toward process improvement can provide valuable insight into the performance and management of a goal-driven CV service line.


There are three types of designations for Chest Pain Center v6 Accreditation each based on a facility's STEMI treatment capabilities and strategies:

  • Chest Pain Center
  • Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI
  • Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI & Resuscitation

Chest Pain Center v6 Accreditation builds upon previous versions of Chest Pain Center Accreditation — combining quality initiatives, current ACC/AHA guidelines, and clinical best-practices to produce the most robust delivery model for LOW-RISK, NSTE-ACS, STEMI and Resuscitation. CPC Accreditation applies a holistic approach to CV care — one that is designed to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease on patients as well as on the hospitals and clinicians that assess, treat, and manage the CV population.

Accreditation training prepares facilities to begin their accreditation journey. In addition to learning about the fundamental elements of accreditation, attendees will hear about the challenges and successes that other facilities experience as they move through the accreditation process.

To help satisfy the requirements for Chest Pain Center Accreditation, CPC Coordinators are encouraged to enroll in the online education available through Apex Innovations’ imPULSE 2.0® ECG and Chest Pain Competency Series . The series covers cardiac anatomy & physiology, interpretation of ECG rhythms and 12-lead ECGs, acute coronary syndrome, and more. It also includes free Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) education.

 

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Along with other helpful resources, ACC provides the current medical guidelines and recommendations for the care of patients with ACS.

ACC offers additional resources intended for clinicians and hospital administrators who are focused on building better internal and external cardiovascular care processes and, even more importantly, better relationships with the patients and the communities you serve.

The American College of Cardiology publishes several highly-regarded journals about cardiovascular medicine. In addition, it provides several online resources through its CardioSmart and Quality Improvement for Institutions programs.

We’re often asked about the long-term vision of Chest Pain Center Accreditation and topics related to treatment of the ACS patient. Included here are a few of the more responses to some of the more commonly asked questions we receive about Chest Pain Center Accreditations and ACS treatment.

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