Cabarrus EMS earns another Gold for cardiac response

July 18, 2017 -- Cabarrus County Emergency Medical System (EMS) received the American Heart Association’s 2017 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for continually sustaining quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Cabarrus County EMS previously received the Gold award in 2015 and 2016, and the Silver award in 2014. 

The Mission: Lifeline’s EMS program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts to improve ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), known commonly as a serious heart attack, systems of care and improving the quality of life for cardiac patients. 

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years and treated at least eight STEMI patients for each year.  

Cabarrus County EMS received 100 percent compliance in each measure. In 2016, the year evaluated, Cabarrus County EMS responded to 2,810 patients with chest pain. Of those, 30 were diagnosed with active heart attacks.  

EMS agencies provide life-saving access to 12-lead ECG machines and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital. 

“The Mission: Lifeline program provides an objective view of system performance and reveals its positive impacts,” EMS Director Alan Thompson said. “Each component of our local system (which includes EMS, telecommunicators, first responder agencies and the hospital) work together exceptionally well to make a positive impact for patients in Cabarrus County.” 

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