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Garland Fire Receives Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Award

For the third year in a row, the Garland Fire Department (GFD) has received the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Award from the American Heart Association.

However, this year the department stepped it up even more and received the 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Plus Award.

The criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold award is based on meeting the achievement measures aggregated annually for two years with no single measure scoring below 75 percent. The individual measures are as follows:  

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolytic (clot buster) Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.

The criteria to add the Plus to the award are as follows:

  • Percentage of 12 lead ECGs performed on patients in the field with an initial complaint of non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years (who were transported), within 10 minutes of EMS (12 lead capable) arrival to the patient.
  • Percentage of hospital notifications or 12 lead transmissions suggesting a STEMI alert (or CCL activation) that are performed within 10 minutes of the first STEMI positive 12 lead ECG in the field.
  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years, treated and transported by EMS who received aspirin either by EMS administration, Dispatch instruction or patient self-administration.

GFD credits this award to the great work of its field paramedics and to the collaboration between Fire, Dispatch and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. For more information on GFD and its emergency medical services, visit GarlandFire.com.