Berlin / Düsseldorf - The (DGK) has certified more than two hundred so-called Chest Pain Units (CPU) since 2008. "This is an important step towards better care for patients with cardiac-related chest pain," reported Thomas Münzel, chairman of the DKG committee for the certification of CPUs today.
In the facilities, doctors examine patients with unclear chest pain. The aim is to quickly clarify acute or newly occurring unexplained chest pain. The DGK has created minimum requirements for the “Chest Pain Unit - DGK certified” brand.
According to this, the CPUs must offer at least four monitoring stations that are on standby 24 hours day, 365 days year. The transfer time in cardiac catheter laboratory must not be more than 15 minutes. "First and foremost, patients with unexplained chest pain benefit from CPU, as it allows faster diagnosis and better therapy, which improves the prognosis," says Münzel.
The certification program has been in effect since 2008, so far the DKG has certified 206 CPUs and recertified 128. “This rapid growth underscores the interest in the subject of CPUs in Germany and the number of CPUs in Germany by far exceeds the CPUs in other European countries. The aim is comprehensive supply through certified CPUs throughout Germany. An estimated 300 CPUs are required for this, ”says Münzel.