Centres of Excellence

Chest Pain Unit (CPU)

The CPU provides a prompt, effective evaluation of acute thorax pain (= chest pain) thanks to their equipment, area and staffing. The main symptom of acute chest pain can be due to harmless, but also potentially life-threatening diseases, such as myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism or aortic dissection. These diseases require a targeted, rapid action. Here, standardised diagnostic and treatment paths ensure optimised processes of all the necessary measures. On occasions, patients can be discharged quickly after the exclusion of an acute life-threatening illness, or transferred to the respective departments.

After appropriate conversion work, the newly established CPU in the Theresienkrankenhaus was opened in February 2009 and certified in July 2009 by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie (German Society of Cardiology). The unit consists of four fully-equipped monitoring places, for which a private POCT laboratory system, a twelve-channel ECG and an ultramodern echo device are available. Care of the patients is carried out by experienced cardiology doctors and trained nurses. Crucial, too, is the connection to our medical intensive care unit (IN1), our cardiac catheter laboratory (24-hour standby), and also the medical emergency admissions department.

The Theresienkrankenhaus’s CPU is available around-the-clock to all patients with chest pain. According to all those involved, a significant improvement in patient care has been able to be achieved since the establishment of the CPU.