NORWALK, CT - The Phyllis and David Komansky Cardiac and Vascular Center at Norwalk Hospital has earned a full three-year Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation, the highest level of accreditation, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
“The PCI designation means that we use a specialized treatment called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as the primary treatment for acute heart attacks,” said Eunice Kang, MD, Director of the Chest Pain Center. “Our goal is to ensure that patients who arrive at the hospital experiencing an acute heart attack quickly receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time to minimize damage to the heart muscle.”
“This accreditation is the direct result of the standard of care we provide at Norwalk Hospital and our commitment to deliver the most advanced life-saving care to those who are experiencing a heart attack,” said Michael Daglio, President of Norwalk Hospital. “In addition to our highly skilled dedicated team of cardiovascular experts we must also thank our local EMS providers for the vital role they play in heart attack care.”
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. SCPC’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.
An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, Norwalk Hospital’s Phyllis and David Komansky Cardiac and Vascular Center demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
Effectively treating patients at 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
Constructing 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