Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI
Tallahassee Memorial is recognized by the Society of of Chest Pain Centers as "Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI," the highest level of accreditation.
What does "Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI" Mean?
The PCI designation means that we use a specialized treatment called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as the primary treatment for acute heart attacks. This ensures that patients experiencing an acute heart attack receive rapid treatment in the cardiac cath lab to minimize damage to the heart muscle.
One in four heart attack victims will have a severe enough heart attack to require PCI in order to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow to the heart.
Requirements for a PCI Designation
To qualify for the PCI designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria. If these requirements are met, the Society of Chest Pain Centers then conducts an on-site evaluation.
Criteria for Accreditation
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly and continually improving treatment processes and procedures
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel have a high level of 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
Heart Attack Tips Resources
When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle, so knowing the signs and symptoms is essential to getting help quickly.
Visit the pages below for tips on identifying heart attacks, your risk for developing heart disease, and tips for living a heart-healthier life.