Which Heart Attack Certification Is Right For You?

The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA)/The Joint Commission Heart Attack Certification program is to recognize hospitals meeting standards promoting consistent and optimal ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) treatment for patients. The two programs, Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) and the Acute Heart Attack Ready (AHAR) were developed in conjunction with the AHA’s Get With the Guidelines®- Coronary Artery Disease program. These certifications help to establish and improve coordinated systems of care for STEMI treatment and are available to all hospitals including freestanding emergency departments operated under a hospital.

The Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) program will focus on symptom onset and first medical contact (prehospital and upon hospital arrival), emergency medical services, the emergency department, as well as catheterization laboratories and inpatient settings. Each hospital participating in this program is required to provide on-site primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) coverage for STEMI patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Acute Heart Attack Ready (AHAR) program will focus on symptom onset and first medical contact, emergency medical services, the emergency department, as well as catheterization laboratories (if applicable) and inpatient settings. The program is recommended for organizations without on-site primary PCI coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An AHAR hospital may transfer STEMI patients to a primary PCI-capable hospital for care.

To determine which certification is right for your hospital, please complete the assessment tool. These tools will assist in determining your facility’s readiness to seek heart attack certification.

For more information regarding Heart Attack Center certifications, please contact accreditation@heart.org.
 
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Posted by Stacia Hickey on Jul 29, 2019 2:49 PM America/Chicago