Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the systems of care for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The overarching goal of the initiative is to reduce mortality and morbidity for STEMI patients and to improve their overall quality of care.
To meet the needs of the patient throughout the continuum of care, beginning with the patient's entry into the system (from symptom onset) through each component of the system, and return to the local community and physician for rehabilitative care, Mission: Lifeline uses a community-based, multidisciplinary, patient-centric approach. Mission: Lifeline is addressing systems of care for STEMI on multiple levels and through many collaborating organizations, starting with the STEMI patient and continuing through EMS, ED, STEMI Referral, and STEMI Receiving hospitals; implications for policy makers and third party payers are also being addressed within Mission: Lifeline.
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