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MISSION: LIFELINE ® EMS 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition   In case you missed it on January 18, the recording for the 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition webinar is now available for viewing. Guest presenter Travis Spier, Director of Simulation and Center for Pre-Hospital Care at Sanford Health, reviewed the 2018 recognition application ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jan 5, 2018 11:24 AM CST
apply now
  The 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition program application is now live! The Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition program is in its 5th year of celebrating the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care. Through our STEMI Systems of Care work, it has ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jan 5, 2018 11:01 AM CST
gwtg
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A LIVE PREVIEW OF THE NEW IRP PLATFORM FOR                   Get With The Guidelines® Coronary Artery Disease                      Tuesday, December 19, 2017                    1:00pm - 2:00pm EST   December 19, 2017 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST Get With The Guidelines - Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) is a disease registry ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Dec 11, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Mission: Lifeline
It All Started With STEMI Now look at us 10 years later by Melissa Gatchel-North (originally published on www.heart.org) Good ideas often spark other good ideas. While the champions of Mission: Lifeline originally focused on developing a better system of care to treat patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), they knew ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Nov 15, 2017 10:27 AM CST
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CUSTOMER WEBINAR - Mission: Lifeline® EMS   A Case Study in Mission: Lifeline Participation Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm CST/1:00pm - 2:00pm EST   Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9108373402376820483   Join us for our upcoming webinar, “A Case Study in Mission: Lifeline Participation”. Presenters ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 31, 2017 11:40 AM CDT
Mission: Lifeline
Alice Jacobs, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Boston Medical Center, clearly remembers the case that served as her personal call to action back in 2003. "I was waiting in the cath lab one Friday afternoon for a young patient with an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) to come from the South Shore to our hospital because we had a ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 16, 2017 3:19 PM CDT
EMS
We've seen some remarkable changes in the way EMS is provided around the country since its inception more than 50 years ago. We've gone from rudimentary first aid skills and rushing every patient to the hospital, to an expanded scope of practice that includes numerous treatment modalities and drugs, coupled with triaged response and selective, ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 6, 2017 9:09 AM CDT
ambulances
Ambulances responded to roughly 4,000 calls in the last year for what are generally considered  non-emergencies , according to EMS impression logs from Sullivan and Washington counties. The records show someone called in need of an ambulance ride almost 11 times a day for health problems that are usually thought of as non-emergent, including ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Aug 22, 2017 11:36 AM CDT
Get With The Guidelines
    Last Week! Runs Through August 16th 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central / 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern   REGISTER TODAY August 16 :  https://heart.webex.com/heart/onstage/g.php?MTID=eef6ac33126e3fa7b7fa07502eedc6182   WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  ANY HOSPITAL INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT GWTG-CAD AND THE MISSION: LIFELINE PROGRAM. Each week we will ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jul 28, 2017 10:34 AM CDT
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This week is an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the efforts of EMS providers in our AHA communities! AHA volunteer Jeff Woodin reflects on his 25-year career as a paramedic during EMS Week 2017. #EMSstrong Would you please explain the importance of this year’s theme, “EMS Strong: Always in Service?” Strength comes in multiple forms: ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 24, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Karl Floth with his rescuers
After 24 years as a paramedic, Joe Stellwagon doesn’t take successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient for granted. “When things go right, and you see the eyes blinking, it’s just a great feeling,” said Stellwagon, a paramedic with Johnson County MED-ACT in Overland Park, Kansas.   Karl Floth with his rescuers and family last August at the ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 23, 2017 4:13 PM CDT
Get With the Guidelines
To support participation in Mission: Lifeline and cardiovascular quality improvement, the American Heart Association is pleased to once again, offer Get with the Guidelines-CAD (GWTG-CAD). GWTG-CAD was the American Heart Association's premier AMI registry from 2005-2010. Effective April 7, 2017, GWTG-CAD is once again live and available as a ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Apr 21, 2017 4:56 PM CDT
Always In Service
The American College of Emergency Physicians, in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, is proud to announce this year’s EMS STRONG campaign theme: Always In Service. EMS STRONG is an annual campaign designed to unite and inspire emergency medical services personnel, strengthen the profession on a national ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Mar 30, 2017 5:50 PM CDT
EMS
By Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP  | Reposted from jems.com |  This fall I welcomed a class of  new recruits  into the Austin-Travis County EMS System. I was impressed by the excitement in the room and the enthusiasm for the positions these folks were about to take on. Some were newly minted EMTs, some seasoned paramedics, but all were motivated to be a ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Feb 27, 2017 5:37 PM CST
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The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition program currently acknowledges EMS agencies, STEMI Receiving Centers and STEMI Referring Centers for their efforts to improve the quality of care for STEMI and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patients. This year, the voluntary reporting measures include stroke and resuscitation patients as well. All ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jan 10, 2017 4:06 PM CST
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Before 1970, EMS in the United States, wasn't much to talk about. There was virtually no significant training of providers beyond basic first aid, ambulances were designed without standards—for speed, not patient care—and there were no real systems to coordinate the care and transport of the sick and injured. As a country, we were just functioning ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Dec 29, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Accredidation
Collaboration will support improvements in cardiovascular care and patient outcomes U.S. hospitals and other institutions will have access to a single, comprehensive set of cardiovascular accreditation services through a new collaboration between the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA).  Starting ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Nov 15, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Pulsara
An updated app is helping aid communication between emergency medical service personnel and hospitals to help in the handoff and treatment of patients being brought in for emergency services. Pulsara has expanded on an existing app, including the ability for EMS providers to alert emergency rooms from the field for any patient type.   For example, ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 25, 2016 10:03 AM CDT
Improving STEMI
Ada County Paramedics, a three-time Mission: Lifeline recipient, describes their collaborations with hospitals and doctors to improve STEMI care. Ada County Paramedics, a three-year running recipient of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline award for its improved STEMI process is regularly asked by other EMS agencies for advice ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 12, 2016 12:03 PM CDT
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Pharmacoinvasive therapy OK, Canadian STEMI study found by Nicole Lou  Reporter, MedPage Today/CRTonline.org October 03, 2016 For patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a strategy of fibrinolysis with subsequent transfer to a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)-capable facility for angiography was on par ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 7, 2016 9:29 AM CDT