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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
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
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
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 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
    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
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