Professor Clemmensen said: "Acute cardiac care, to be successful, has to be an integrated patient oriented approach starting from the first sign of symptoms and initial diagnosis. We will put a great deal of emphasis on the system of care and the flow of the patient, making sure that these acutely ill cardiovascular patients get into the right hospital beds and that we have the proper facilities in intensive care to save their lives."
He added: "While some of the other ESC associations are focused on a particular disease state, diagnosis, or single methodology, ACCA will concentrate on systems of care."
ACCA will hold an annual congress, and the first will be held 20-22 October 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. The association's interdisciplinary membership and approach to disease management will be reflected in the main theme, "Integrative approach and management of Acute Cardiovascular Diseases".
Professor Clemmensen said: "It's important that the congress becomes part of the yearly agenda of all our potential members."
Education and certification of the qualifications necessary to be an acute cardiac care physician have been important priorities for the working group over the past few years. It produced the ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiac Care in 2011, a reference manual that was co-authored by internationally recognised scientists.
"The textbook encompasses the entire curriculum needed to provide the best care in this field," said Professor Clemmensen. "It engulfs patient care at the pre-hospital phase, the flow through the emergency room and to the coronary care unit and intensive care unit. As ACCA we will be updating the textbook and publishing a new version."
ACCA's official journal is European Heart Journal - Acute Cardiovascular Care (EHJ-ACVC) which, like the
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