Erlanger is Cycle IV Chest Pain Accredited with PCI. What does this mean to you?
Patients who arrive in Erlanger’s Emergency Department complaining of chest pain or discomfort receive the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible. Our state-of-the-art heart care works seamlessly with area emergency medical services and other departments to ensure you get the treatment you need during the critical early stages of a heart attack.
In recognition of Erlanger’s heart care services, Erlanger received the Cycle IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) on May 9, 2013. PCI is commonly known as angioplasty, a procedure used to treat narrowed arteries found in coronary heart disease. The Cycle IV accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, is the highest and most difficult level of certification to achieve. Erlanger is the first and only facility in the region to earn the Cycle IV accreditation.
To achieve the highest level of accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, Erlanger underwent a rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of heart care processes that integrate the industry’s best practices and newest standards into its cardiac care services.
The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Erlanger Health System demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 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