Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL– Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that it has been awarded full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). It is one of several of HCA’s Afib and Heart Rhythm Centers to be certified.
“This certification involves rigorous evaluation of every stop along the continuum of care, to ensure we’ve implemented the latest in evidence-based best practices,” said Julie Lallanilla, VP of Cardiac Services at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
“Atrial fibrillation affects nearly five million Americans, and can increase the risk of stroke fivefold - so when the SCPC launched the program, we jumped at the chance to ensure we’re doing what we can to enhance the quality of life for our patients,” said Shayne George, CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. “This is one more indication that we are walking the walk in our commitment to our mission, vision and values statement,” he added.
Key areas in which a facility with Atrial Fibrillation Certification must demonstrate expertise include the following:
- Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
- Emergency Assessment of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
- Risk Stratification of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient
- Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Atrial Fibrillation
- Atrial Fibrillation Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Services, or Inpatient Stay
- Atrial Fibrillation Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation Services, and Inpatient Unit
- Personnel, Competencies and Training
- Process Improvement
- Organizational Structure and Commitment
- Atrial Fibrillation Community Outreach