BOISE, August 2015 – Ada County Paramedics was honored this week by the American Heart Association (AHA), in a Boise ceremony, for the organization’s work to constantly improve measures for patients with heart attacks.
Representatives from the American Heart Association presented Ada County Paramedics with their prestigious “Mission: Lifeline EMS Award” for patients seen in 2014. The esteemed “gold” level award recognizes the greatest level of success awarded by AHA in improving procedures and outcomes for patients with “STEMI” (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) heart attacks.
Ada County Paramedics Spokeswoman Hadley Mayes said the organization is overjoyed with this recognition, but more so with knowing they’re positively impacting the lives of their patients.
“Our paramedics have the ability to initiate life-saving measures en route to the hospital that can often mean the difference between life and death,” Mayes said.
When Ada County Paramedics identify this heart attack type in transit, they’re able to quickly alert the hospital cardiologist and often bypass the emergency department altogether, taking the patient directly to the surgical room where the heart attack’s cause can be addressed—which can save precious minutes.
Mayes said this is particularly important because STEMIs require expedited treatment to prevent death.
This is the second sequential year Ada County Paramedics has received this award from the American Heart Association. The organization received the “silver” level in 2014, which is a prerequisite for receiving the “gold” level.
About Ada County Paramedics
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About Mission: Lifeline
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. 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 heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/qualitym