Catawba County Emergency Medical Services Honored | Local News

NEWTON – Catawba County Emergency Medical Services has received the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award of Excellence from the American Heart Association for its commitment to providing prompt, research-based care for those suffering from the form the most serious of heart attacks, ultimately saving lives.

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires prompt treatment. To prevent death, it is essential to restore blood flow as quickly as possible by mechanically occluding the vessel or using anti-clot drugs.

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk and urgent medical conditions, such as serious heart attacks. The program helps reduce barriers to timely treatment of heart attacks – from the time 911 is called, through EMS transport and continuing through treatment and discharge from hospital. Optimal care for heart attack patients requires coordination between the individual hospital, EMS, and the health care system.

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“Healthcare professionals who interact with a patient before they even enter the hospital or emergency room play a vital role in the care system for those who have heart attacks,” said James G Jollis, MD, volunteer chair of the GWTG-CAD Systems of Care Advisory Work Group and professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. “Because they are the first point of medical contact, they can save valuable minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals in the event of a heart attack.”

The Mission: Lifeline Excellence Award is given to agencies that demonstrate their commitment to treating patients according to the latest research-based practices, as outlined by the American Heart Association.

Richard F. Gandhi