Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies. The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient’s outcome. Understanding the key role EMS plays is a central element of Mission: Lifeline.
When you participate in the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program, you’re not out there alone.
- Mission: Lifeline links EMS providers, referring (non-PCI) hospitals and receiving (PCI-capable) hospitals in a coordinated system-of cardiac care.
- Mission: Lifeline assists your agency in getting the feedback you need to understand how the system-of-care is working for the patients your teams have cared for.
- Mission: Lifeline provides evidence-based metrics to measure the system’s performance and provides your crews with life-saving cardiac care tools that can add confidence and improve patient outcomes.
In addition, Mission: Lifeline:
- Provides national recognition for EMS agencies that meet high standards of performance.
- Streamlines already-efficient systems that accelerate the decision-making process when treating heart attack patients with life-threatening conditions.
- Further equip and train EMTs and paramedics in the recognition of myocardial infarction (STEMI and NSTE-ACS).
- Provide training and support to acquire and interpret 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs).
- Develop protocols to transfer patients with positive ECG results and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims to the closest appropriate hospitals.
- Help healthcare providers administer preliminary treatment using the latest guidelines.
- Work with hospital personnel to coordinate future patient transfers, and exchange feedback.
Get Started Today
You are eligible to participate no matter where you are located in the U.S.
- Request more information about Mission: Lifeline by completing this questionnaire.
- Contact your local American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline representative.
- Discover how you can gain recognition.
- Visit the EMS Mission: Lifeline resources page to learn more about collecting and reporting data, as well as protocols and best practices.