The Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps is proud to announce that they recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. “Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps is committed to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said the agency’s Executive Director Alan Bell. “We are proud to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care through Mission: Lifeline.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people nationwide experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack. Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps treated 11 patients last yearfor this type of heart attack. STEMI iscaused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart and 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.

Bell said that while the number of STEMI patients treated by CPHM may seem small, it is important to remember that these 11 cases were just one type of heart attack. “Making sure that we follow the appropriate steps in STEMI care helps us improve health outcomes and make a difference in our community.” Bell continued, “However, people need to remember that it is extremely important to call for emergency medical services at the first sign of a possible heart attack for these interventions to be the most successful.”

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

“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 Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

Bell also noted, “This award is especially meaningful since premiere patient care is one of the pillars of our agency’s mission. Our medical providers train for STEMI management. Knowing that we are meeting national guidelines for these critical patients reinforces our commitment to our training and operational plan.”

CPHM staff proudly display their American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award.