The Gulf Coast’s Tampa General Hospital recently achieved Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) with Electrophysiology Services accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for three years after meeting strict criteria and passing an on-site review.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, commonly known as an abnormal heartbeat. The American College of Cardiology estimates that 5 million individuals currently live with AFib, which can manifest in fluttering or racing heart beats and can lead to stroke or death, and that by 2030, more than 12 million people will need care for the condition.
With endorsement from SCPC, Tampa General is now equipped to perform electrophysiology studies while a patient is under sedation via a catheter to observe the heart’s electrical current and select the best course of treatment. The accreditation designation allows hospitals like Tampa General to better manage patients with AFib, strive for improved outcomes and promote education among both patients and their providers.
Dedicated to improving hospitals’ delivery of care to the growing AFib patient population, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) based in Dublin, Ohio, is the accreditation arm of the American College of Cardiology.