How Mission: Lifeline® Helps You as an EMS Provider
BenefitsPrehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies. The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient's outcome. Understanding the key role EMS plays is a central element of Mission: Lifeline.
When you participate in the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program, you're not out there alone:
- Mission: Lifeline links EMS providers, Referring Hospitals (not 24/7/365 PCI- capable) and Receiving Centers (24/7/365 PCI-capable) in a coordinated system of cardiac care
- Mission: Lifeline assists your agency in getting the feedback you need to understand how the system of care is working for the patients your teams have cared for
- Mission: Lifeline provides evidence-based metrics to measure the system's performance and provides your crews with life-saving cardiac care tools that can add confidence and improve patient outcomes.
Mission: Lifeline helps increase prehospital providers’ effectiveness by providing tools and strategies to:
- Further equip and train EMTs and paramedics in the recognition of myocardial infarction (STEMI and non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome or NSTE-ACS).
- Provide training and support to acquire and interpret 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs).
- Develop protocols to transfer patients with positive ECG results and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims to the closest appropriate hospitals.
- Help healthcare providers administer preliminary treatment using the latest guidelines.
- Work with hospital personnel to coordinate future patient transfers and exchange feedback.
In addition, Mission: Lifeline:
- Provides national recognition for EMS agencies that meet high standards of performance.
- Streamlines already efficient systems that accelerate the decision-making process when treating heart attack patients with life-threatening conditions.
2019 EMS Recognition Criteria