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Montana Mission: Lifeline® STEMI

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Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. nationwide annually. This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI.

Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs commonly referred to as thrombolytics or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the latter being the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.

Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Hospital Association, 1799 people were hospitalized in Montana for acute heart attack in 2012, and of those, 777 were STEMIs. Mission: Lifeline is focused on improving the system of care for patients who suffer from a STEMI each year, improving that system will ultimately improve care for all heart attack patients.

In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Montana. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.

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JoAnne Pineda
Sr. Program Director, QSI
Quality Improvement Initiative
[email protected]
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