Frisbie EMS receive Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award
May 24, 2017
Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly type of heart attack caused by blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don’t receive this prompt therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program acknowledges emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
Emergency Medical System providers, like Frisbie’s EMS, are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS providers also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. They perform 12-lead ECGs, which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
Frisbie’s EMS earned the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award because it has demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for a minimum of one quarter. Because Frisbie’s EMS paramedics are often the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.
“Frisbie’s EMS is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country, and the Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all heart attack patients,” said Gary Brock, EMS director at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.”