Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition

The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition deadline is officially Friday, March 20th at 11:59 PM CT. First and foremost, we hope that each of you and your families (work families included), are safe and taking all precautions to stay healthy. With the astronomical impact COVID-19 is having on the pre-hospital health care system, we would like to announce an amended Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition application submission deadline schedule. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 29, 2020. To accommodate agencies who apply after March 20, 2020 there will be two additional data downloads for recognition analysis. The timelines are below:

Application Submission Deadline Data Downloaded for Recognition Analysis Guaranteed Award Notification in Time for 2020 EMS Week
 Friday, March 20, 2020 11:59 PM (CT) Monday, March 23, 2020 10:00 AM (CT) YES
Friday, April 24, 2020 11:59 PM (CT) Monday, April 27, 2020 10:00 AM (CT) Not Guaranteed
Friday, May 29, 2020 11:59 PM (CT) Monday, June 1, 2020 10:00 AM (CT) NO

 

Please contact your local AHA QSI Director or email MissionLifeline@heart.org for any additional comments, questions or concerns.

Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation for excellent STEMI care. 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. The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program is launched in 2014 and continues to celebrate the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care.

Why Participate in Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition?

Mission: Lifeline connects EMS providers, referring (non-PCI) hospitals and receiving (PCI-capable) centers in a coordinated system of care. The program also assists EMS agencies in getting the feedback needed to understand how the system of care is working and provides evidence-based metrics to measure the system's performance.  

2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition

To request a unique application link to apply for 2020 recognition please email Missionlifeline@heart.org and provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Agency/Department/Region Name
  • City
  • State (two-letter abbreviation)

For questions please email Missionlifeline@heart.org or reach out to your local AHA Quality and Systems Improvement Director.


View 2019 Recognition Recipients (PDF)


2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Measures

There are four required Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition measures and one optional plus measure. The table below is a quick glimpse at these measures and the impact each have on the care and outcomes of the patient.

2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Measure Measure Impact to Care and Outcomes
Measure 1: 12 Lead ECG Acquisition Early 12 Lead acquisition → Early recognition of STEMI → Early Notification to the ED → Early Activation to the Cath Lab → Timely Reperfusion
Measure 2: Percentage of hospital notifications or 12 Lead ECG transmissions suggesting a STEMI alert, performed within 10 minutes of the first STEMI positive 12 Lead ECG in the field. Early 12 Lead acquisition → Early recognition of STEMI → Early Notification to the ED → Early Activation to the Cath Lab → Timely Reperfusion
Measure 3: EMS FMC to PCI ≤90 minutes and/or EMS FMC to PCI ≤120 minutes when transport time ≥45 minutes and Door to Balloon ≤30 minutes Coordination of care between EMS and the STEMI Receiving Centers
Measure 4: Arrival at STEMI Referring Hospital to Lytic administration ≤30 minutes or EMS FMC to PCI of the transfer patient ≤120 minutes Coordination of care between EMS and the STEMI Referring hospitals
Plus Measure (Optional): Percentage of 12 Lead ECG's performed within 10 minutes of EMS FMC on patients with chest pain/ACS symptoms who are ≥35 years of age Early 12 Lead acquisition → Early recognition of STEMI → Early Notification to the ED → Early Activation to the Cath Lab → Timely Reperfusion

2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Tools and Resources