Act on Acute Coronary Syndrome

Assess. Change. Treat. For excellent processes in the care of acute coronary syndrome.

Act on Acute Coronary Syndrome offers new opportunities for the assessment and improvement of hospital operations and clinical processes. Along with the quality of diagnosis, therapy and aftercare, the maturity and stability of the processes are key foundations of medical care – within the hospital and beyond.

The facts

  • In 25% of all cases involving NSTEMI patients, the ACC/AHA guidelines are not applied.1
  • Instant activation of the cardiac catheter laboratory can reduce the door-to-balloon time by 15.4 minutes.2
  • By means of trans-sectoral aftercare programs, the risk rate for a new cardiac event can be cut by 73%.3
  • The introduction of so-called 'Coronary Care Units' can cut myocardial infarction mortality rates by 50%.4
  • The survival rate rises by 10% when conformity with guidelines increases by 10%.5


The approach
With Act on Acute Coronary Syndrome, Siemens Healthcare Consulting has created a new approach which is specifically developed for process improvement in the treatment of acute coronary syndrome. Based on a systematic model, encompassing the care guidelines, current scientific results and clinical expertise, Act on Acute Coronary Syndrome rates the level of maturity of complex clinical processes on a scale of 1 to 5.

On this basis, Act on Acute Coronary Syndrome offers specific optimization opportunities, aimed for continuous improvements in acute coronary syndrome-associated workflows in your hospital.

Experiences that speak for themselves
“The assessment helped me get to know about issues in the ACS workflow that I absolutely wasn’t aware of. The maturity score for the processes helps you think in terms of level of development, being an adolescent, a teen-ager, or a mature adult. I see the comprehensive Siemens Assessment on ACS workflows as a useful stand-alone product that is of great value to hospitals.”
Dr. John Michael, Division Chief, Cardiology

“This maturity model is a new approach and a meaningful and appropriate tool. The assessment process did not interfere with our daily routine, and the results focused us immediately on a communication and action planning process. We had done a lot of work around our ACS workflows already, but the assessment helped us gain focus and show us that we could continue to improve. We fully intend to make a reassessment part of our strategy.”
Don Zarkou, Administrative Director, Cardiovascular Services

“I began to think immediately about how to disseminate the information gained from the assessment to my CV Directors, and begin to focus on areas of improvement. I believe the results of the ACS Assessment provide a comprehensive view and will help my directors and managers see how the patient care processes fit together and their role in improving outcomes.”
Jeremy Fotheringham, RN, JD, Clinical Director, Cardiovascular Services

1Lloyd-Jones et al, Circulation 2009;119;221-e181

2Bradley E H et al, N Engl J Med 2006;355:2308-20

3Olsen et al,, 2009

4Braunwald E. Shattuck lecture – cardiovascular medicine at the turn of the millennium: triumphs, concerns, and opportunities. N Engl J Med 1997;337:1360–9

5Lewis et al, Arch Intern Med. 2006 (16):1813-1819