The Campbell County Department of Public Safety has again received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for excellence and timeliness in treating heart-related emergencies.
The award recognizes referring hospitals, receiving hospitals, and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies for their success in using the American Heart Association’s guidelines to improve quality of care for patients experiencing a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest form of heart attack. Campbell County’s award reflects service provided in 2015.
Per the American Heart Association, the criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award is based on meeting specific measures over a consecutive two year period, with no single measure scoring below 75 percent. Award standards evaluate:
• The percentage of patients that receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) who also meet the following criteria: are over 35 years of age; exhibit non-traumatic chest pain; and are treated and transported by EMS.
• Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital first medical contact (FMC) toward device percutaneous intervention (PCI) (commonly referred to as angioplasty) in under 90 minutes.
• Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with arrival (to Referring Center) toward fibrinolytic therapy administration in less than 30 minutes.
Tracy Fairchild, director of the Department of Public Safety, said, “I am extremely proud of our team and of their outstanding service to our community. This award reflects not only their hard work, but moreover their continued passion for providing excellent, timely, and compassionate care for our residents.”
This is Campbell County’s second consecutive year of receiving this award. The department was also recognized by the Blue Ridge EMS Council in 2012 with the Outstanding EMS Agency Award for exceptional emergency service within the Region 2000 area.
Campbell County Department of Public Safety operates in the blended framework of volunteer and career EMS response. The department also oversees 911 Communications, Fire Services (in conjunction with eight volunteer fire departments), Animal Care and Control, and Emergency Management.
George A Stouffer III, MD. “Percutaneous Coronary Intervention” http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/161446-overview
American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS STEMI Gold Promotional Kit