WMC receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award
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May 21, 2015 615.435.5357
Award recognizes implementation of quality improvement measures
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Williamson Medical Center’s EMS team has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete 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 surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive this prompt treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
“Williamson Medical Center is dedicated to making our EMS among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” said Julie Miller, WMC’s chief operating officer. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”
Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies provide access to 12-lead ECG machines (devices that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred), 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 personnel.
“We are continually working to improve the quality of care for all of our citizens for whatever their needs are,” said Allen Lovett, director of Williamson Medical Center’s EMS. “This is an EMS award, but it isn’t just about what EMS is doing. It’s that Williamson Medical Center is taking the data we provide them from the field and using that to get people the treatment they need upon arrival.”
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “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 Williamson Medical Center for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
ABOUT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
Williamson Medical Center, a 185-bed hospital fully accredited by The Joint Commission, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care including emergency services, with credentialed physicians in 53 specialties and sub-specialties. The community-focused hospital offers a wide range of wellness services, screenings and classes and on July 1 of 2015 will open the doors to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.
ABOUT MISSION: LIFELINE
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 STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.