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Every Wednesday May 24 through August 16 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm Central / 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern   Register for the Series: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ahaevents/index.jsp?ecid=391 Join the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD and Mission: Lifeline team for our weekly webinar demo and program Q&A series. This webinar ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jun 15, 2017 9:44 AM CDT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
-Residual thrombus bodes poorly in PCI The more residual thrombus exists prior to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the less likely aspiration thrombectomy was likely to be effective, according to a single-center study. Myocardial no-reflow after stenting ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Oct 4, 2016 6:55 PM CDT
There’s a revolution taking place in emergency medical services, and for many, it could be life changing. From the increasingly sophisticated equipment they carry and the new lifesaving techniques they use, to the changing roles they play in some communities—providing preventive care and monitoring patients at home—ambulance crews today are ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Sep 30, 2016 5:09 PM CDT
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The new drone Kossuth County invested in helped authorities rescue a man and his granddaughter from the Upper Des Moines River earlier this month. The remote-control aircraft helped authorities quickly locate Thomas Fitzpatrick of Algona and his granddaughter on July 13, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports. Deputy Josh ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Sep 19, 2016 1:15 PM CDT
Dean Oshiro has to rely on his family to fill in the blanks when it comes to what happened on Aug. 20, 2010. That’s when the Santa Monica, California, police sergeant survived a cardiac arrest caused by a heart attack. Dean had come home from a run and was lifting weights in the garage when he suddenly came into the house and complained he wasn’t feeling well. ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Sep 15, 2016 9:26 AM CDT
Mobile app facilitates direct communication and ECG transmission between field paramedics and on-call cardiologists For a number of years EMS organizations have transported patients suffering acute myocardial infarctionwith a diagnostic ECG showing ST-segment elevation directly to primary coronary intervention, thus bypassing the ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Aug 23, 2016 5:34 PM CDT
CHICAGO — Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, past president of the American College of Cardiology, provides insight into the pace of patients reaching the cath lab in the setting of STEMI.   He highlights consensus on filtering patients directly to primary PCI sooner if possible, but goes ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jul 13, 2016 7:39 PM CDT
(CNN) A group of Texas inmates are being hailed as heroes after they bust out of a holding cell -- to save a corrections officer's life. The Parker County Sheriff's Office just released security camera footage of the June 23 incident.The inmates were in a minimum security holding room in the basement of a district court building, Capt. Mark Arnett with ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jul 11, 2016 8:17 PM CDT
May 24, 2016 | Tim Casey During intravenous microbubble infusion, high mechanical index (HMI) impulses from a diagnostic ultrasound transducer helped prevent microvascular obstruction and improved functional outcomes at one-month follow-up in patients with STEMI who underwent PCI. Lead researcher Wilson Mathias, Jr., MD, of the University ... more...
Posted by Kerstin on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 25, 2016 7:19 PM CDT