Porter Regional Hospital recently received Chest Pain Center Accreditation
from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international
not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by
assisting facilities in their efforts to bring together quality care, cost
effectiveness and patient satisfaction.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Porter faced rigorous
reevaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes in order to
integrate the healthcare industry’s successful and newest practices into its
Protocol-based medicine, developed by leading experts in cardiac care, to
reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment are part
of Porter’s overall cardiac care service. Porter’s state-of-the-art heart
care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the Acute Coronary
Syndrome (ACS) patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency
Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, quality assurance plan, and
community outreach program.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Porter strives to ensure that patients
who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a
heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of
time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved. By becoming an
Accredited Chest Pain Center, Porter has enhanced the quality of care for
the ACS patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
“We’ve been working on this for about a year-and-a-half,” said Clinical
Nurse Educator Kari Evans, RN, BSN, CEN. “I was involved early on in
educating the staff to recognize atypical symptoms of Acute Coronary
Syndrome.” Evans added that chest pain is among the top symptoms in patients
coming to the emergency department and reducing the time it takes to receive
treatment and increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of the treatment
takes coordination among many departments.
For Porter to receive SCPC accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, it provided
documentation proving that systems were in place to expedite and improve
heart attack patient’s treatment. “We are consistently getting patients from
the ED to the Cath Lab for treatment in less than 90 minutes.” Evans said.
Coordinator of the Chest Pain Center, Dawn Nelson, CNS, PC-C and
Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner at Porter explained the 90-minute window
by saying, “Called ‘door-to-balloon time’ or ‘D2B’ the American Heart
Association notes that each 30-minute delay in restoring blood flow by means
of angioplasty increases a patient’s one-year mortality by 7.5 percent.”
For Porter Regional Hospital’s physicians and patients, the designation as
an Accredited Chest Pain Center means that achieving the goal of providing
evidence-based practices in order to improve outcomes for patients.
Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient
facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke and Jasper counties. With
more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, Porter Health
Care System is a leader in technology, innovation and overall patient care.