Published on July 17, 2019

Local Program Receives the AHA’s Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Award for the Fifth Consecutive Year

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MidMichigan Health’s Regional STEMI Alert Program was designed to train paramedics on how to quickly identify patients suffering from a STEMI heart attack, and allows them to transport patients directly to the Cath Lab upon arrival, so that blood flow can be quickly reestablished to the heart.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Emergency Medical Services in Midland and Gladwin, in collaboration with MidMichigan’s Regional STEMI Alert Program partners, has once again received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. This is the fifth consecutive year MidMichigan has received the Gold Award designation.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to a portion of the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

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. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS 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.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to heart attack patients, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by establishing processes we can follow to improve care for all STEMI patients,” said Scott Shawl, manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – EMS in Midland. “We are extremely proud to have received this recognition for the past five years.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud MidMichigan Medical Center – Emergency Medical Services for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

MidMichigan Health’s Regional STEMI Alert Program was designed to train paramedics on how to quickly identify STEMI patients so that they can implement life-saving protocols to bypass the closest Emergency Department and take the patient to the nearest Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Center. The program is approved for up to a 90-minute patient transport time to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, the nearest PCI Center. To ensure overall success of the program, MidMichigan Medical Center – EMS actively collaborates with other local EMS agencies to provide training and share best practices.

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