Lutheran first in Indiana to receive Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation

Hospital provides necessary care, resources to AFib patients

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Thursday, May 4, 2017) – The American College of Cardiology has recognized Lutheran Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with atrial fibrillation. Lutheran has been awarded Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation resulting from a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with atrial fibrillation. This accreditation is reserved for facilities that provide full electrophysiology and surgical services.

Lutheran is the first hospital in Indiana to achieve AFib with EPS accreditation from the ACC.

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology estimates 5 million people have atrial fibrillation and, by 2030, more than 12 million people will require care for the condition.

Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia where the heartbeat is irregular and often rapid, which can lead to increased risk of stroke, heart failure and other complications. Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing AFib have been able to reduce time to treatment, better identify and predict high-risk patients, and limit the length-of-stay in the emergency department and the hospital.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation on Lutheran Hospital,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Lutheran for its demonstrated commitment to providing Fort Wayne with excellent care of AFib patients.”

Hospitals receiving Atrial Fibrillation with EPS 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 precise care of atrial fibrillation 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 who earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

“Being the first hospital in the state to attain the accreditation validates Lutheran’s dedication to offering the most current heart rhythm care available,” said Sree Karanam, MD, electrophysiologist cardiologist, Lutheran Medical Group. “Maintaining this level of care only happens by having everyone equally committed to quality and keeping the patient’s needs at the forefront.”

The ACC and the American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Lutheran access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including AFib.

Visit accreditation.acc.org for more information about ACC Accreditation Services, or call toll-free (877) 271-4176. To access a map of all accredited facilities, visit scpc.org/accreditation_map.aspx.

AFib patients sometimes need to go to the emergency room when they recognize irregular heart rhythms. They may suggest being fatigued, winded or experiencing an irregular heartbeat. If caught early, AFib can be easily managed and even corrected.

For more information about cardiac care services available at Lutheran Hospital, visit LutheranHospital.com/heart-center.

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

 

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