Westlake Fire Dept. Earns American Heart Association’s ‘Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus’ Recognition Award

Capt. Clayton Kovaks, Chief James Hughes, Linda Owen, UH St. John, Paul Thomas, EMS Coordinator UH St. John and Alexander Kuhn, American Heart Association

The Westlake Fire Dept. has 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.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (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.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving 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.

Thank you to the Westlake Fire Dept., honored for their life-saving work.

“The Westlake Fire Dept. is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Chief James Hughes. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud the Westlake Fire Dept. for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

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