Tucson Medical Center is the first hospital in Arizona to be awarded Atrial Fibrillation Certification by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority. TMC earned this distinction by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria, demonstrating its expertise and commitment to quality patient care. The SCPC also conducted an extensive and objective review of TMC’s atrial fibrillation, or a-fib program.
A-fib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, with an estimated one in four adults developing it. In some cases it can lead to stroke and possible death. TMC cardiac electrophysiolgist Dr. Lionel Faitelson says, “The one thing that needs to be emphasized is the link between a-fib and stroke – particularly in Tucson, where we tend to have a population that is a bit older.”
TMC cardiac electrophysiolgist Dr. Darren Peress says, “This certification means that TMC is providing a recognized standard of care. All of the physicians here are providing the same level of care. We’re all practicing in a way that’s evidence-based, and that’s been recognized as good medicine. Patients should know that if they come here, they’re going to get a full range of good care.”
TMC’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to evaluating and managing a-fib patients allows physicians to reduce time to treatment. It also allows them to stratify patients by risk to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital. “This certification means that the process itself – of getting the patient into the hospital, and out of the hospital, has some uniformity,” says Dr. Faitelson.
The SCPC is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost, and patient satisfaction. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities evaluate and manage the a-fib patient more effectively, improve patient outcomes, and educate patients and health care providers to more efficiently care for this disease.
TMC has already been endorsed by the SCPC as an accredited Chest Pain Center.