STRATFORD, Conn. -- Stratford EMS recently received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award.
The American Heart Association honored Stratford EMS for the implementation of quality improvement measures for treating patients experiencing severe heart attacks.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Stratford EMS for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
More than 250,000 people experience a STEMI or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. The infarction is a type of heart attack where blood flow to the heart is completely blocked.
“Stratford EMS is dedicated to making our organization among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” said Michael Loiz, Director of Stratford EMS. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”