Munroe Regional Medical Center recently received full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on January 17, 2014. Munroe is one of only four hospitals in Florida to earn this distinction. In fact, Munroe is one of only three hospitals in the state to earn Chest Pain accreditation, Heart Failure accreditation and Atrial Fibrillation certification from the SCPC.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death. Nearly 3 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as our population ages. Atrial fibrillation patients use more healthcare services and have much higher healthcare costs than those without the disease. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities evaluate and manage the atrial fibrillation patient more effectively, improve patient outcomes, and educate patients and healthcare providers to more efficiently care for this disease.
“Munroe’s heart program, Munroe Heart, prides itself on being at the forefront of advancements in patient care and implementing best practice protocols that ensure we are providing the highest quality care for our patients,” said Pam Michell, VP, Chief Nursing Officer. “Being one of the first four hospitals in the state of Florida to earn the atrial fibrillation certification from SCPC is further validation that our physicians, nurses and entire clinical care team are at the cutting edge of heart care in the United States.”
Munroe has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review by an accreditation review specialist from the SCPC. Munroe’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital. Key areas in which a facility with Atrial Fibrillation Certification must demonstrate expertise include the following:
- Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services.
- Emergency Assessment of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.
- Risk Stratification of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient.
- Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Atrial Fibrillation.
- Atrial Fibrillation Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Services, or Inpatient Stay.
- Atrial Fibrillation Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation Services, and Inpatient Unit.
- Personnel, Competencies and Training.
- Process Improvement.
- Organizational Structure and Commitment
- Atrial Fibrillation Community Outreach
About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.