Cardiac Alert Program
In cardiac emergencies, every second counts!
As an accredited Chest Pain Center, the Littleton Adventist Hospital cardiac services team partners with EMS to ensure every patient with chest pain receives immediate evaluation and treatment.
This means EVERY PATIENT WITH CHEST PAIN receives:
- EKG testing in less than 10 minutes
- Fast and thorough evaluation by an expert physician
- Advanced diagnostic testing - Patients with a blockage are immediately sent to Cath Lab for angioplasty
- Door to Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) time of 59 minutes (2010). Door to PCI refers to the time from the minute a chest pain patient arrives at Littleton Adventist Hospital to the time their blockage is cleared by angioplasty in the Cath Lab
A heart attack is a life-threatening emergency in which minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
It is the leading cause of death in the U.S.,
Symptoms of a heart attack are often slow to progress
It is important to recognize them and seek medical attention immediately.
Your Heart is in Good Hands
Littleton Adventist Hospital recently received reaccreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce the incidence of heart disease worldwide.
Littleton Hospital was the first hospital in Colorado to be accredited by the SCPC in 2005 and received accreditation again in September 2011.
What is an Accredited Chest Pain Center?
An accredited chest pain center follows an operational model for the care of patients with heart disease. Much like a trauma center, a chest pain center encompasses the entire continuum of care for cardiac patients and includes dispatch, emergency care, the catheterization lab, and the facility's quality assurance plan and community outreach program.
Chest pain center accreditation is a process improvement tool that helps facilities integrate successful practices and the newest paradigms into their cardiac care processes. This ensures that patients receive state-of-the-art cardiac care.
From the October 2011 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.