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ETMC Tyler accredited as a national Chest Pain Center

ETMC Tyler accredited as a national Chest Pain Center

ETMC Tyler has received full accreditation from the national Chest Pain Society as a Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention). PCI refers to a variety of procedures used to treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart caused by a build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances from the blood that can reduce blood flow and lead to chest pain or a heart attack. 

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 the 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, according to Jerrie Hacker, ETMC chest pain center coordinator.  "The goal is also to decrease morbidity and to improve the patient's future quality of life."

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with EMS
  • 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

ETMC Tyler received a three-year accreditation.

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