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Cath Lab Director Discusses Value of ACE Accreditation

from SCAI

Considering ACE Accreditation for your cath lab? You might want to hear what Lynn Smith, RN, MSN, director of heart and vascular services at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, has to say about the value it has provided her hospital.

The current issue of Cath Lab Digest features an interview with Smith in which she discusses how ACE reaccreditation has improved the performance and morale of the cath lab team, and how the staff has become "highly engaged" in continuous quality improvement. BSSF was not only the first hospital to be nationally recognized with ACE accreditation in 2011, but also the first to be reaccredited.

"We wanted to be sure that our quality system was well implemented and had improved beyond our first accreditation," says Smith, in explaining why BSSF pursued ACE reaccreditation. "We knew we were at the top of our game, as compared to national standards. The ACE reviewers did a deeper dive this time; they knew our areas of opportunity for improvement and worked with us to step up our game to a new level."

In her Cath Lab Digest interview, Smith remarks upon the BSSF cath lab's renewed focus on thorough documentation, monthly case reviews and adherence to national standards as a result of the ACE reaccreditation review. "I think every cath lab should consider accreditation," concludes Smith. "So much of the feedback is positive — it is important to understand which aspects of your process already meet the standards of care. The ACE review process allowed us to monitor our success, but also identify areas to improve the delivery of care. We pursued ACE accreditation and reaccreditation because we believe it ultimately benefits our patients."

Read the full article.

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