GJFD: American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Level Recognition Award Recipient

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625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-549-5858 FAX: 970-549-5810

Press Release

GJFD: American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Level Recognition Award Recipient

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shawn Montgomery (PIO) 970-260-3708

Today’s Date: 07/13/2015

Award Date: 07/14/2015

Where: St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department

When: 10 am to 11 am

The Grand Junction Fire Department has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Level Recognition Award!

From AHA: “The criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver award is based on meeting the applicable achievement measures annually with no single measure scoring below 75%. The individual measures are as follows:

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolytic Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.

Collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital providers is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. The American Heart Association recognizes the vital importance Emergency Medical System providers contribute to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

As an EMS agency that delivers education in STEMI identification, provides access to 12 lead ECG machines and develops protocols derived from ACC/AHA STEMI Guidelines, your medics are driving improvements in the care and outcomes of STEMI patients.” – Julie Balkie, Director, Quailty and Systems Improvement

STEMI Definition: ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (heart attack)

Visual of ECG depicting the ST-segment and elevation indicating a myocardial infarction (heart attack):

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If you have questions regarding the medical verbiage of this release, contact PIO Montgomery at 0800 hrs on 07/14/2015.

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