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Chest Pain Program

Chest Pain Program FAQs

What are the benefits to the patient for the local facility to be affiliated with the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Program?
The same ACC/AHA guidelines are in place at each of the Saint Thomas facilities which allows the patient to receive the same initial diagnosis and treatment for chest pain and receive appropriate intervention more rapidly.

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

What does it mean to be a certified chest pain program?
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 a certified 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 Program Mock Drills?
The goal of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Program 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. Please contact our Chest Pain Coordinator if you would like to schedule a Mock Drill.

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

To schedule a speaker or education for your group, click here.

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