Each year, thousands of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) fail to receive critical reperfusion therapy for their infarct artery in a timely fashion. Even worse, nearly 30 percent of patients with STEMI do not receive any reperfusion treatment.
Mission: Lifeline™ is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance systems of care for STEMI patients. The initiative seeks to reduce mortality and morbidity and improve the overall quality of care for STEMI patients.
The ultimate goal of Mission: Lifeline™ is to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to the appropriate treatments.
For more information or to become involved in Mission Lifeline activities in your region of Wisconsin, please contact Katie Watkins.
AHA eLearning Course Available
Learn Rapid STEMI ID course prepares an individual to evaluate and assess victims with potential symptoms of myocardial infarction, interpret their ECG for signs of STEMI, and activate a system of care for rapid reperfusion of an occluded coronary artery. Learn Rapid STEMI ID™ also supports the efforts of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline™ to improve quality of care and outcomes in heart attack patients by improving healthcare systems’ readiness and response to STEMI patients. For more information visit www.onlineaha.org
UPSTART is a free quality improvement tool from the University of Virginia specifically developed to minimize R2R (recognition to reperfusion) time in STEMI. Downloadable "STEMI Alert Packet" contents and other resources are available.