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Hospital Named Accredited Chest Pain Center With PCI

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May 14, 2008

Blake Medical Center Designated An Accredited Chest Pain Center With PCI

Bradenton, FL - Blake Medical Center announced today that they have been named an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. According to the Society’s website, Chest Pain Centers reduce mortality by 37%.

“Having this accreditation demonstrates that our emergency department offers a full-spectrum emergency cardiac care program; including rapid diagnosis and treatment before a situation worsens, aimed at preventing a severe heart attack from even happening” said Tyler White, Director of the Emergency Department. “Our emergency physicians work closely with our cardiologists to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”

“This accreditation signals to the public that our chest pain center uses national standards to indentify and treat chest pain patients, and that we routinely seek out better and better treatment based on national benchmarks,” said Daniel Friedrich, chief executive officer.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is clear whether they are having a coronary event.Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The Chest Pain Center at Blake Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.
  • “Last year Blake’s cardiac program received accreditation from the Joint Commission for Acute Myocardial Infarction, or heart attack. This additional accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI further confirms that we’re doing an exceptional job in the care and treatment of cardiac patients,” said Donna Disbro, VP of Cardiovascular Services at Blake. “The PCI means that our reperfusion strategy is achieved with PCI (cath lab intervention) vs. thrombolytics.It is a higher status, if you will, as PCI is the recommended method of treatment over thrombolytics by the American College of Cardiology.”

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