The Springdale Fire Department (SFD) has 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.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “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 the Springdale Fire Department for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years. Last year, the SFD received the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award.
"The Springdale Fire Department is dedicated to offering the best care possible," said Springdale Fire Chief Mike Irwin. "Springdale EMTs work hard day in and out to serve this community and provide excellent medical care for anyone in need. We sincerely appreciate the recognition from the American Heart Association."