Chest Pain, Stroke and Heart Failure Network FAQs

What are the benefits to the patient for the local facility to be part of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain or Stroke Network?
The same ACC/AHA guidelines are in place at each of the network facilities which allows the patient to receive the same initial diagnosis and treatment for chest pain or stroke as provided at a Saint Thomas Health facility.

The components of a Chest Pain or Stroke Center include the ENTIRE facility working together to provide the BEST possible care for the chest pain or stroke patient.
From the 911 call that someone is having a heart attack or stroke, to cardiac/stroke intervention, to the patient's discharge after a heart attack/stroke.

What does it mean to be an accredited chest pain center?
The Chest Pain Center Model is an operational process for the care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. It begins when a patient activates EMS, continues through patient discharge, and encompasses the entire facility. The Chest Pain Center (CPC) integrates an inter-departmental team working toward one common goal: to effectively and efficiently improve processes to assess, diagnose, and treat ACS.

What type of education is required for employees working in an accredited chest pain center?
Every nurse, physician, EMS and allied healthcare provider that cares for an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patient must receive additional training. The training may include ECG interpretation, ACS (pathophysiology, diagnosis, gender, and age), dysrythmias, etc....

What are the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Mock Drills?
The goal of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Mock Drill is to detect and recognize opportunities for ACS process improvements from the 911 call to the local network hospital and onto a PCI capable facility.

How does the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center benefit the community?
An important part of being an accredited chest pain center is community education. The local Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center commits to:

  • Educate the community on warning signs and risk factors of heart disease
  • Educate the community on the importance of seeking early intervention when experiencing symptoms of heart attack
  • Improve community emergency access

How many hospitals are in the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network?
As of 06.25.2012: There are 18 Accredited Chest Pain Centers in our Network. Click here to view all

What does the "One Call" for cardiac transfers include?
It is a 24-hour, 7 days per week emergency service for all healthcare professionals to assist in the rapid transfer of the cardiac patient.

The admission coordinator will:

  • Accept the patient for facility and physician
  • Receive Report from the transferring facility
  • Facilitate Air Evac transport
  • Beep Cardiologist STAT
  • Arrange communication between referring and accepting physician


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