SOURCE: Society of Chest Pain Centers

Society of Chest Pain Centers

Society of Chest Pain Centers

April 27, 2010 11:18 ET

Society of Chest Pain Centers Recognizes National EMS Week

Free CEHs to EMS Personnel -- May 16-22, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) -  The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is pleased to show its appreciation for the services provided by EMS nationwide by recognizing National EMS Week May 16-22, 2010, and offering free continuing education hours (CEHs) to EMS personnel.

SCPC has joined Apex Innovations, an organization that provides exceptional interactive educational products and is accredited by the Continuing Education Board for Emergency Medical Services, to co-sponsor this opportunity for EMS personnel to earn 1.75 CEHs free of charge. EMS personnel interested in this opportunity should go to SCPC's website ( anytime during National EMS Week to access the online course.

The course, called Responder Lite! STEMI Recognition, is a new, interactive, online acute coronary syndrome (ACS) program developed to provide education and training related to the following:

  • ACS presentation
  • Indications for obtaining a 12-lead ECG
  • 12-lead ECG placement
  • ST elevation recognition and 12-lead locations

SCPC is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce cardiac deaths worldwide. SCPC accomplishes this by providing Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure accreditation and education. With nearly 600 accredited facilities in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe, accreditation has had a positive impact on the outcomes of cardiac patients. 

SCPC recognizes that for patients who call 911, EMS is the first point of contact. Therefore, one of the criteria required for accreditation is integration of the hospital's emergency department with EMS, the intent of which is to ensure that hospitals recognize EMS as an extension of care provided to cardiac patients. Specifically, hospitals seeking accreditation must have a formal relationship with local EMS, have a formal outreach program to local EMS, and collaborate with EMS on joint sharing of metrics.

SCPC takes the position that by working together, hospitals and EMS make a difference in the care of the cardiac patient. Trained EMS personnel provide basic life support and defibrillation, and they also provide early advanced care that can help the heart respond to successful defibrillation and maintain a normal rhythm. We recognize and thank EMS for their very vital services.

For additional information about SCPC, visit our website at or call 614-442-5950 or toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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