In a feature article this month, Sri Sundaram, MD, FHRS and Brenda Yost, PhD, RN, PhD, NEA-BC discuss achieving atrial fibrillation (AF) certification through the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The SCPC began certifying hospitals for atrial fibrillation in 2011, with the primary goal of assisting healthcare facilities to better evaluate and manage patients with AF. Dr. Sundaram and Dr. Rost are located at Porter Adventist Hospital, part of the Centura Health care system in Denver, Colorado. Porter Adventist Hospital has a very active electrophysiology department. The approaches to patient care established as the standard of care as part of the AF certification process were applied broadly, not just at Porter Adventist, but to all hospitals in the Centura system.
The authors’ interest in this process began after seeing EP Lab Digest®’s interview with Genesis HealthCare System from February 2012. Cathy Huggins, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN and colleagues from Genesis HealthCare System in Zanesville, Ohio wrote that by going through the AF certification process, they put their whole EP program under a microscope and found certain areas that were functioning very well and others that needed development. The final result of the certification process was a higher understanding of what an ideal AF program should look like.