Friday, March 30, 2012
Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. received re-accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention otherwise known as heart catheterizations) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In 2006, Baptist was the first hospital in the Metro Jackson area to receive accreditation. This distinction establishes Baptist as a premier hospital for acute cardiac care in Mississippi.
"This approach provides timely treatment of patients experiencing chest pain from prompt identification of symptoms and quick response from Emergency Medical Responders. Then, we provide immediate treatment in the Emergency Department with direct access to any necessary procedures in the catheritization lab," added Baptist Emergency Department Medical Director Eric Zoog, MD.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United
States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More
than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest
pain. The Society's goal 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 Accredited 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 not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Baptist has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC's accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:
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 the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
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
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.scpcp.org/" www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.
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