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Cabarrus County EMS Recognized By The American Heart Association’s Mission

Sep 04, 2018 01:31PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the Cabarrus County EMS Facebook page.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award was recently awarded to Cabarrus County EMS for their "quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks," according to a Cabarrus County EMS press release.
Courtesy of the Cabarrus County BOC Regular Meeting 07.17.2018.

Mission: Lifeline has an EMS recognition program that shines light through recognition on emergency medical services that are taking the effort to improve their systems and abilities to identify, as well as treat, critical heart attacks in patients. This system involves promptly notifying local hospitals to receive a quick response upon hospital arrival. It's this promptness that Cabarrus County was recognized for.

“Cabarrus County EMS takes great pride in the exceptional pre-hospital cardiac care we provide,” said EMS Director Jimmy Lentz in the press release. “We are very honored to be the recipient of the award. The addition of the ‘Plus’ distinction is a credit to the commitment and training of our skilled workforce.”

The deadliest type of heart attack is a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), and more than 250,000 people experience this each year. It's typically caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. The blockage is so severe that immediate treatment is necessary for survival. Restoring blood flow as quickly as possible is key, "either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication."

This recognition is particularly important because Mission: Lifeline's initiative is all about providing tools and resources to prevent for heart attack care with the most updated evidence-based treatment guidelines. 

“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 in the press release. “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. We applaud Cabarrus County EMS for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

Congratulations to the Cabarrus County EMS team! 

Cabarrus County BOC Regular Meeting 07.17.2018

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