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Released: May 2014
Chester County Hospital earned the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. This award acknowledges the implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
In addition, Medic 91 paramedic service received the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award for its commitment and success in implementing specific quality-improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
Every year, upwards of 300,000 people experience a STEMI, 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 clotbusting medication.
Unfortunately, a significant number of people don't receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. 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. Its new EMS recognition program honors those emergency responders for their efforts in the field for improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
Last Updated: 6/25/2014