Through Mission: Lifeline®, the American Heart Association provides a set of guidelines that equip STEMI and cardiac resuscitation systems of care across the nation to improve timely access to appropriate medical treatment, ultimately saving lives. Although early activation of the 911 Emergency Medical System is important in the chain of survival for both the Mission: Lifeline STEMI and the Cardiac Resuscitation programs, community preparation and involvement are necessary to improve the outcomes for victims of out of hospital cardiac arrest. The relationship between the community and the local EMS service can serve as a catalyst for increasing community awareness of the need for CPR, organizing and conducting community CPR classes, and identifying the needs for public Automated External Defibrillator (AED) placement and use.
Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients have identified coronary vascular disease, and 50 percent have STEMI. Without prompt cardiac resuscitation, many of the STEMI patients who could potentially benefit from a coordinated STEMI system of care might not survive long enough to enter the system.
That makes cardiac resuscitation a vital component in STEMI systems of care, as well as a key intervention across the full spectrum of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. For that reason, Mission: Lifeline® now offers established STEMI systems of care the opportunity to incorporate cardiac resuscitation.
We at Brewster Ambulance Service are proud to be a part of a collaborative effort providing treatment, transport and data collection which will ultimately improve cardiac care in our communities.