LAKE CITY — When you’re having a heart attack, every minute counts and often EMS can save precious minutes through following certain protocol.
Missaukee County EMS has implemented quality improvement measures for treating patients experiencing severe heart attacks and as a result has received a “Gold Plus Award‘ from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline, according to an EMS press release.
“Missaukee County is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,‘ said Alan
Devereaux, the EMS director. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.‘
The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.
Its recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
Rankings through the program include bronze, bronze plus, silver, silver plus, gold and gold plus.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack and every year about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,‘
said Tim Henry, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.‘
The mission of the Missaukee County EMS Department is to preserve life, alleviate suffering and promote health through its staff of fully qualified, dedicated EMS professionals, according to the press release.
Missaukee County EMS responds to nearly 1,600 calls for service annually and is staffed by a combination of 13 full-time equivalent paramedics and EMTs.
“We applaud Missaukee County EMS for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks,‘ Henry said.