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Society of Chest Pain Centers Meeting the Needs of Critical Access Hospitals and Freestanding Emergency Departments

Critical Pathways in Cardiology: A Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine: September 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 3 - p 148
doi: 10.1097/HPC.0b013e3182265f35

The Society of Chest Pain Centers recognizes that smaller facilities in rural areas face challenges unique to their location and limited resources. In addition, freestanding emergency departments (EDs) offer a much needed alternative to the overcrowding found in hospital-based EDs, but are not equipped to deal with heart attacks that require intervention. In both the cases, triage and transfer are imperative to ensure that these patients receive timely intervention whereas low-risk patients need adequate assessment to rule out symptoms that may or may not be cardiac related.

As the recognized authority in helping hospitals develop better methods of treating ACS patients through implementing best practices and streamlining processes, the Society of Chest Pain Centers has once again taken the lead by offering an accreditation program designed to meet the special needs of both critical access hospitals and freestanding EDs.

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Why Should You Consider Affiliated Chest Pain Center Accreditation?

  • There is a growing number of freestanding EDs that receive patients with possible symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Critical access hospitals face multiple challenges including distance from hospitals that can offer intervention, and EMS systems with fewer paramedics.
  • Facilities and freestanding EDs choosing Affiliated Chest Pain Center accreditation will forge partnerships with EMS and receiving hospitals, and position themselves within the community as a facility capable of providing exemplary care for cardiac patients.

Affiliated Chest Pain Center accreditation was developed to help critical access hospitals and freestanding EDs sift through these challenges, provide solutions, and improve cardiac patient outcomes.

To learn more about Affiliated Chest Pain Center Accreditation, including eligibility requirements, please visit

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