Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services (DCEMS) has been awarded the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award from the American Heart Association for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Each year, more than 250,000 Americans 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.
The Mission: Lifeline program assists hospitals and EMS to reduce the gap that separates STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.
Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes agencies who strive to continually improve systems of care and the quality of life for STEMI patients, while demonstrating a minimum of 75% compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.
Doug Warren, Director of Dorchester County EMS is “very proud of the achievements of our team. This award clearly demonstrates our commitment to improved patient outcomes through evidence based practice. This award recognizes the full breadth of the collaborative effort between EMS and everyone involved in the continuum of care for these critically ill patients.”