Great Work NSFR!
This week, the American Heart Association announced that North Shore Fire/Rescue in conjunction with Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management-EMS Division have recieved the American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Award for 2018. The award recognizes EMS providers that provide heart attack patients with 90 minute window from first medical contact to restoration of blood flow of occluded vessels in 90 minutes or less 75% of the time. This is the second consecutive year the EMS system has recieved this award.
Each year, more than 250,000 people across the U.S. 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.
"This award marks an incredible accomplishment, representing the significant coordination of a cast of individuals from the 911 calltaker, the paramedics in the field our OEM Command Duty Officers and the receiving hospital's emergency department and cardiology staff," said M. Riccardo Colella,DO,MPH, OEM-EMS Medical Director. "We are proud to be recognized for achieving such success in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks."