Pearland Fire Department receives recognition for EMS services
The City of Pearland Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze 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 infraction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
The crews must do a rapid ECG, recognize a STEMI or heart attack and get the patient to a hospital with a catheterization lab quickly to meet the goal of 90 minutes from EMS contact until they receive a heart catheterization. The Fire Department accomplishes these goals through their adherence to protocols and training.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required measure for one calendar year.
“The Pearland Fire Department is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country,” said Fire Chief, Vance Riley. “We are very happy to be recognized for that dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for cardiac patients.”
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follows 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 heart.org.