KCH - An Accredited Chest Pain Center

Chest Pain AccreditationAn Accreditation Review Committee from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care reviewed a report from an onsite review team and has determined that Knox Community Hospital is deserving of full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center as of July 4, 2015.

What Is An Accredited Chest Pain Center?

Hospitals awarded this designation have Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) available 24/7, every day of the year. This means they have a call team made up of the cardiac cath lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive at the facility within 30 minutes of STEMI activation.

"A complete blockage of a coronary artery means you suffered a STEMI heart attack – which stands for ST-elevation myocardial infarction." (heart.org)

These facilities have formal agreements with the facilities that regularly refer STEMI patients for primary PCI. They will also have mapped their STEMI processes to maximize efficiency's which leads to quicker treatment and improved outcomes. This includes:

  • The ED physician has the authority to activate the cath lab
  • A One-Call Activation System
  • No STEMI Diversion Policy
  • Formalized back-up protocol for simultaneous STEMI Activations or when the lab is "down"
  • Defined roles and responsibilities for all STEMI team members

Never try to diagnose yourself. Always dial 911 if you think you might be having a heart attack. The EMS crew in your ambulance will route you to the right hospital based on your current location.