MDFR awarded the Lifeline EMS Silver Level Recognition Award

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has received the 2015 Lifeline EMS Silver Level Recognition Award given by the American Heart Association to EMS teams across the nation for their vital role in providing timely treatment to patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete 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 surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive this prompt treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

“We are dedicated to making our EMS teams among the best in the country,” said MDFR Chief Dave Downey. “We are delighted to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of lifesaving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.

For more information, contact MDFR’s Public Affairs Bureau at 786-331-5200.

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