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Carrollton Fire Rescue Receives American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® EMS – Gold Plus Recognition Award

Post Date:06/03/2019 3:06 PM

Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and paramedic teams received the 2019 Mission: Lifeline® EMS – Gold Plus Level Recognition Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for superior response efforts specifically in the area of cardiac care. This is the second year in a row that CFR has received the EMS – Gold Plus Recognition Award and an improvement upon CFR’s Gold Level Award in 2017 and its Silver Level Award in 2016. 

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Pictured (L-R): Carrollton Fire Chief Gregg Salmi, EMS Chief Chad Leavitt, and Dr. Justin Northeim, D.O., Medical Director for CFR

The AHA developed the Mission: Lifeline Recognition Program to recognize emergency service organizations that meet the guidelines from the AHA and the American College of Cardiology in the pre-hospital care of patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) – the deadliest form of a heart attack.  

“Achieving this recognition is a true team effort,” Carrollton Fire Chief Gregg Salmi said. “This award highlights CFR’s efforts in following evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of individuals who have severe heart attacks.”

The Gold Plus award is built on the maintenance of previous years’ successes and is specifically representative of the care delivered throughout 2018. The care includes documented measurements of patients with non-traumatic chest pain, patients transported with pre-hospital contact, and patients needing treatment for severe heart attacks. One of the additional criteria that CFR EMS met requires regaining and maintaining a pulse for a minimum of 20 minutes until arrival at the hospital on at least 75 percent of the adult Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) patients on which CPR was performed.

“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,” EMS Chief Chad Leavitt said. “AHA’s Mission: Lifeline project is an opportunity to participate in the progression of evidence-based cardiac care for the North Texas area and beyond, and puts us in a position to 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 EMS providers deliver to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify incidences of STEMI, promptly notify the destination center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“I am proud of the focus and capabilities of Carrollton Fire Rescue,” Salmi said. “The role of first responder care is crucial to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies and often sets the course for the patient’s outcome. Carrollton’s high-quality training, equipment, and dedicated personnel are what makes CFR team members leaders in delivering unparalleled quality care to our citizens.”

By bringing together hospitals, EMS agencies, and others from across the community to coordinate and 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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