Mocksville, NC (June 21, 2019) – The Davie County Emergency Services Department has received the American Heart Association’s, Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus 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 deadliest type of heart attack caused by a 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 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.
"I am proud of the efforts made by our EMT’s and Paramedics to achieve this recognition and award for the fifth consecutive year. I can’t talk about this award without also congratulating our 911 Dispatchers, Davie County First Responders and our hospital partners," said Brian Byrd, Davie County Emergency Services Director. "This recognition is based on a community approach to care that starts with our 911 Dispatchers, continues with our First Responders and EMS Providers and ends with the commitment made by our hospitals to provide rapid interventions for our cardiac and stroke patients. We look forward to what the future holds for this partnership."
“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 save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an oncoming heart attack patient. We applaud the Davie County Emergency Services Department for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
For more information, please contact Brian Byrd with Emergency Medical Services at 336-753-6160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org