Society of Chest Pain Centers Hosts Medical Team from China

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Visiting physicians and nurses from China hope to bring the Society of Chest Pain Centers’ accreditation process to their country in an effort to improve their cardiac outcomes.

Medical Team from China with Kay Holmes, SCPC Director of Accreditation Services

"The incidence of cardiovascular disease is a growing trend", stated Dr. Hui Chen, Vice Director of Cardiology at Shanghai Chest Hospital.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) recently hosted a team of physicians and nurses from China who came to learn more about how Chest Pain Center accreditation has improved cardiac care processes in the U.S. SCPC is a rapidly growing nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve cardiac patient care through education, accreditation and certification, and has proven to be well positioned to expand their mission into the international market. Approximately 14% of the hospitals in the U.S. have chosen to pursue accreditation through the Society of Chest Pain Centers and this accreditation has expanded into both Europe and the Middle East.

Like the United States, China is experiencing an increase in cardiovascular disease. “The incidence of cardiovascular disease is a growing trend”, stated Dr. Hui Chen, Vice Director of Cardiology at Shanghai Chest Hospital. “Additionally, heart attack patients who live in rural areas have limited access to the life-saving treatments that improve their outcomes.” In the case of STEMI, a type of heart attack whose treatment is time-dependant, not having a process in place that would enable rapid treatment can mean the difference between a quality life and death.

The visiting Chinese physicians and nurses hope to bring the accreditation process to their country, in an effort to improve their cardiac outcomes. Accredited chest pain centers have played a pivotal role in standardizing optimal care of the ACS patient in the U.S. Accreditation provides a framework for integrating hospitals that can be tailored to meet the needs of a facility’s particular size and demographic. It has been used outside of the U.S., both in Europe and the Middle East, adapting its principles to varying health care systems successfully. Accreditation demonstrates practices that can be applied to patients globally. Chest Pain Center accreditation has the ability to offer a means of integration and validation to the care processes of all who seek to improve the care of the cardiac patient. The Society of Chest Pain Centers is pleased to be recognized by the Chinese cardiology community as promoting better care through improved processes.

For more information about the Society of Chest Pain Centers, our education, accreditation and certification programs, and upcoming events visit our website http://www.scpcp.org or call 614-442-5950 or 1-877-271-4176 (toll free).

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