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Carrollton Fire Rescue Receives American Heart Association Award

Post Date:05/27/2016 12:11 PM
Mission-LifelineCarrollton Fire Rescue EMS and paramedic teams recently received the 2016 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Level Recognition Award from the American Heart Association for superior response efforts specifically in the area of cardiac care. 

This award is based on the achievements representative of care delivered in 2015 as well as documented measurements of patients with non-traumatic chest pain, patients transported with pre-hospital contact, and patients needing treatment for severe heart attacks. 

“For us, this award represents the coordinated efforts of our paramedics, our EMS training staff, our medical director, and our hospital partners to maintain a high standard of cardiac care for our community,” Battalion Chief Steve Heath said. “We recognize that AHA’s Mission Lifeline project provides us with an opportunity to be participants in the progression of evidence-based cardiac care for the North Texas area and beyond. We feel that our participation puts us in a position to help influence new and cutting edge developments in cardiac care that will improve lives within our community.” 

Collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital providers is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. The AHA recognizes the vital importance Emergency Medical System providers deliver to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction), promptly notify the destination center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. 

CFR Chief John Murphy attributes understanding the past, present, and future demand for services as a means of making informed decisions about the type and level of EMS service provided to Carrollton citizens and visitors. CFR paramedics and EMTs working with Carrollton’s EMS training staff and medical director are required to maintain a high standard of patient care for all situations encountered. 

“Over the past ten years CFR has been using proactive measures to meet the City’s changing EMS response demands such as adding a fourth full-time medic unit, implementing a peak-hour medic unit, and utilizing best practices deployment strategies,” Murphy said. “Beginning in August 2016, a fifth full-time medic unit will be added to our EMS delivery program.” 

Carrollton continues to lead the way in emergency response care as Murphy went on to say Carrollton has recently expanded its community-based healthcare approach in which CFR paramedics function outside their customary emergency response role in ways that facilitate more appropriate use of CFR resources. 

By bringing together hospitals, EMS agencies, and others from across the community to coordinate and to streamline protocols, both time and ultimately lives can be saved. These awards recognize the efforts of EMS teams and hospitals across the nation for their collaboration in systems of care and meeting Mission: Lifeline treatment guidelines. For more information on the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program, visit heart.org. 

For more information on CFR’s continued emergency response efforts, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire
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