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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition

Mission Lifeline Award: Gold 2019

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services was presented with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition: Gold Award.

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (PFRES) received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. This is the sixth consecutive year that PFRES has been a Mission Lifeline award recipient.

“Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services has dedicated itself to improving the quality of care we provide our citizens and we are proud that to see that hard work recognized by the AHA,” said EMS Manager Jeffrey Meyer. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. This 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.

The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program honors emergency medical services 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 Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

This award is due to the dedication of the men and women of Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services and the great partnership with Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Questions can be directed to the on-call Public Information Officer for Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services at (757) 392-4884.

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