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Dorchester County EMS Receives Fifth Consecutive Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award
Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services (DCEMS) has been awarded the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award from the American Heart Association for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Each year, more than 250,000 Americans experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a 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.
The Mission: Lifeline® program assists hospitals and EMS to reduce the gap that separates STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.
Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes agencies who strive to continually improve systems of care and the quality of life for STEMI patients, while demonstrating a minimum of 75% compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.
Doug Warren, Director of Dorchester County EMS said “ receiving the Mission: Lifeline 2018 Gold Award demonstrates to our community that our medics meet the most stringent performance metrics established by the American Heart Association.” Warren added “we are proud to be part of a system of care, which includes Trident Health System, MUSC and Roper Hospital, that brings excellent care to heart attack victims.”