Mission: Lifeline for EMS

Updated:Jan 30,2017

Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Resources

How Mission: Lifeline® Helps You as an EMS Provider 


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.

Mission: Lifeline helps increase prehospital providers’ effectiveness by providing tools and strategies to:

  • Further equip and train EMTs and paramedics in the recognition of myocardial infarction (STEMI and non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome or 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.

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. 

Get Started Today

You are eligible to participate no matter where you are located in the U.S.
  1. Contact your local American Heart Association representative.
  2. Discover how you can gain recognition.
  3. Visit the EMS resources page to learn more about protocols and best practices. 
  4. Join the Mission: Lifeline Network to connect with other participating organizations.