CONCORD, N.C. – Cabarrus County EMS recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
This is the sixth consecutive year Cabarrus has been recognized by Mission: Lifeline since the EMS recognition program launched in 2014.
“Providing efficient, high-quality care to Cabarrus County citizens and visitors is our number one goal,” said EMS Assistant Director Justin Brines. “The EMS Gold Plus award provides evidence that we are meeting and exceeding that goal in cardiac care. This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the care and attention to detail that our EMTs and paramedics provide.”
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction, or 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, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
Because EMS is typically the first provider of care to cardiac emergencies, the role of EMS personnel is crucial and often sets the course for a patient’s outcome, the American Heart Association website states.
The Mission: Lifeline program recognizes EMS agencies for their efforts to improve systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.