Gold Cross Ambulance has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Gold 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 most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment to prevent death. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics perform 12-lead ECGs, which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., and Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Gold Cross Ambulance for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
“Gold Cross is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifelineprogram is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all acute coronary syndrome patients,” said Brooke Burton, Gold Cross Ambulance Quality Director. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients. This recognition was earned by our dedicated paramedics in partnership with first responders from St. George Fire Department, Washington City Fire Department, and Dixie Regional Medical Center.”
Gold Cross Ambulance has been a leader in Emergency Medical Services in Utah for over four decades. Gold Cross Ambulance specializes in basic life support, paramedic, critical care, neonatal, and non-emergency transportation services. Gold Cross works closely with local, state, and federal agencies to assure quality care and access to emergency services for all citizens of Utah. Visit: www.goldcrossambulance.com.