By Jacob Mathias
The Stevens Point Fire Department received the Silver Level Recognition award from Mission: Lifeline on Tuesday for their work in improving treatment measures for victims of severe heart attacks.
“It’s reinforcement to all the hard work that the guys do here at the SPFD and how committed they are to patient care,” said SPFD Assistant Chief Joe Gemza.
Mission: Lifeline was created by the American Heart Association to improve treatment of ST-elevated myocardial infarctions (STEMI), a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart, and out of hospital cardiac arrests in order to make sure patients receive appropriate treatment for their life threatening conditions within an acceptable time frame.
“The teamwork that’s actually required to find a patient who’s having chest pain or a heart attack and to send them to a hospital…that’s incredible,” said Gemza.
Gemza said the department will remain diligent in their chest pain treatment protocols
The award given to the SPFD recognizes the achievement of the fire department in treating at least 75% of STEMI and cardiac arrest patients within the following treatment guidelines set by Mission: Lifeline, including:
• Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain over 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receive a pre-hospital, 12-lead electrocardiogram.
• Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact to Device under 90 Minutes.
• Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with arrival to Fibrinolytic Therapy administration in under 30 Minutes.