Congratulations to the Campbell County Health
Emergency Medical Services on achieving the 2016
American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Level Recognition Award for implementing improved measures
for treating patients who experience severe heart attacks. This award
is based upon the achievements as identified through the department's
care delivered in 2015.
All CCH ambulances are equipped with 12 Lead EKG machines that remotely
send test results to doctors in the
Emergency Department. Those doctors can determine if a patient has indeed suffered a heart
attack and can send the test results to a
Cardiologist. Utilizing this technology saves precious time and heart tissue by activating
the Cardiologist and
Cardiac Cath Lab team while the patient is still in the ambulance. The Ambulance team can
then bring the patient directly to the Cath Lab. With this collaboration
between EMS and Cath lab, we at CCH have been able to open a patient's
artery in 23 minutes! The
American College of Cardiology recommends less than 90 minutes in door-to-balloon time – the time
from when a patient arrives at the Emergency Department to the time a
balloon is inflated in the blocked vessel. The Cath Lab's average
door-to-balloon time is 47 minutes.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated
at least 75 percent compliance for the following:
- Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain over 35, treated and
transported by EMS who receive a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
- Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center in
less than 90 Minutes.
- Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with
Arrival to Fibrinolytic Therapy administration in less than 30 Minutes.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a
ST-elevation myocardial infarction (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, which is done by surgically opening the
blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a
significant number of patients don't receive treatment quickly. Mission:
Lifeline's goal is to save lives by closing the gaps that separate
STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. The EMS recognition
program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving
STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
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 acute coronary syndrome patients.
The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to
implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical
treatment guidelines. For more information, visit
Congratulations to CCH's EMS Team! Thank you for providing the best
care for Campbell County Health patients in their time of greatest need.
Karen Clarke, Director