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July 6, 2018
For Immediate Release:
LC-CFRS Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Plus Recognition Award
Leesburg, VA - The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze 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.
“The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Dr. John Morgan, the System's Operational Medical Director. “We are honored to be recognized through Mission: Lifeline for the processes we have put in place to improve care for critically ill cardiac patients. Citizens should immediately call 9-1-1 when they believe they are experiencing potential heart attack symptoms. Our personnel are equipped to initiate hospital-level care on the scene, ensure the patient is transported to the correct cardiac facility and pre-alert the hospital team, significantly shortening the time to definitive treatment. Driving yourself or someone else to the hospital while experiencing symptoms of potential heart attack is strongly discouraged due to the potential for rapid escalation of symptoms and the inability for citizens to trigger essential components of the hospital care process on their own."
“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. We applaud the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. For more information, visit www.heart.org.