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Freestanding ED Cardiac Care Certification

Our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health knows no geographic boundaries; neither should the use of appropriate and guideline-driven practices to ensure best outcomes. We work with FreeStanding EDs so that patients experiencing acute signs and symptoms of heart attack, atrial fibrillation or heart disease receive the same expert diagnosis, treatment and care as those who enter the emergency department of an established hospital.

Typically located in rural, suburban, and inner-city areas, FreeStanding EDs are more convenient for patients who need access to emergency care closer to home. They are also commonly identified as facilities that are structurally separate from a hospital, but are feeders to larger urban medical centers or regional medical centers.

In the fight to prevent adverse cardiac outcomes, emergency responders, nurses and physicians know that time is critical to diagnosis. This reality, coupled with the knowledge that distance to emergency treatment also influences outcomes, corresponds with the increase of visits to FreeStanding Emergency Departments (EDs).

Because they are at the front line of emergency care for a large percentage of the population, the early stabilization efforts and processes used by FreeStanding EDs are critical. As a resource to those at the front line, we offer certification for the cardiac care delivered by FreeStanding EDs.

On-Demand FreeStanding ED Webinars

Want to learn more about the benefits of FreeStanding ED 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.

As Your Facility Goes Through Certification, You Will Achieve:

  • Operational efficiencies leading to improved patient throughput and volumes
  • Guideline-driven medical therapies aligned with process improvement
  • Streamlined processes for diagnosis, treatment and management of patients across the cardiovascular spectrum

Essential Components Organize Process Improvement Efforts

Governance: A facility specific operational model focusing on the needs of ACS, HF and AF patients

Community Outreach: Community education programs to increase public awareness of the value for early patient engagement for heart attack care and hands only CPR.

Pre-Hospital Care: Includes an active pre-hospital engagement strategy

Early Stabilization/Acute Care: Includes processes for early recognition, treatment, and possible transfer of ACS, HF, and AF patients.

Transitional Care: A transition process that begins at the point of entry and is reflected across the continuum of care.

Clinical Quality: Promotes tracking and trending of operation measures through the Certification Conformance Database (CCD).

FreeStanding ED Cardiac Care Certification prepares facilities to begin their certification journey. In addition to learning about the fundamental elements of certification, attendees will hear about the challenges and successes that other facilities experience as they move through the certification process.


The American College of Cardiology publishes several highly-regarded journals, including the weekly Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). Some of the tools and features of the JACC publications are only available to subscribers or users with an online account.


CardioSmart is the patient education and empowerment initiative developed by the American College of Cardiology. Included on the web site are great tools for clinicians as well as caregivers and CV patients who want to better understand how to prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.

Clinical Topic Collections, Toolkits and Quality Campaigns

ACC.org Clinical Topic Collections

FreeStanding ED Certification

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