The American College of Cardiology has recognized New Hanover Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care. NHRMC was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation in April based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. Hospitals that have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization have standardized their assessment process for patients before undergoing catheterization.
“We treat more than 8,000 patients each year in our cath labs,” said Lisa Tartaglione, NHRMC Cardiac Cath Lab manager. “This accreditation underscores our focus on quality and patient safety.”
Accredited hospitals like NHRMC ensure that care in the procedure is fully coordinated and have mastered the appropriate transfer to a cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.
Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of cath lab patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to improved patient outcomes.
For more information on heart services at NHRMC, visit https://www.nhrmc.org/heart