Cardiac Systems of Care
The American Heart Association recently published a policy statement, Systems of Care for ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. This statement sets forth recommendations for how the ideal STEMI system of care should be designed and implemented to ensure that patients with STEMI receive the best evidence-based care at each stage in their illness.
STEMI referring hospitals and STEMI receiving centers have specific roles in a STEMI system of care, and each should be as prepared as possible to collaboratively perform evidence-based, lifesaving treatment. Transferring patients from a STEMI referring hospital to a STEMI receiving center is part of a continuum of care that should establish hand-off and transfer protocols, including backup plans and procedures that ensure safe patient care and rapid transfer between facilities.
The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, offer these certifications to help you and your community achieve the goals of a STEMI system of care.
- Level III: Acute Heart Attack Ready (AHAR) – For STEMI referring hospitals that may or may not perform primary PCI’s
- Level II: Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) – Ideal for hospitals performing primary PCI 24/7/365
- Level I: Comprehensive Cardiac Center – For hospitals treating patients at every touch point in the cardiac care continuum
Explore Our Other Cardiac Certifications
You have several choices for certifying your cardiac program. Visit each web page to learn more.