Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition

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.  

2019 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition

The 2019 application submission period has closed.

Thank you to all EMS agencies that have submitted a 2019 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition application. The American Heart Association proudly recognizes EMS agencies for applying the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve care and outcomes in the communities served.

Congratulations to all agencies who achieved 2019 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition!  


View 2019 Recognition Recipients


Please stay tuned for updated information regarding the 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition application process. 

For questions, email MissionLifeline@heart.org or contact the local AHA Quality Improvement Director. 

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

Coming soon!

Get Involved in the Mission: Lifeline Social Community Today

  1. Join the Mission: Lifeline Network(link opens in new window) and engage with other EMS agencies and hospitals participating in Mission: Lifeline. This network is free of charge and is an open forum for connecting with peers, best practice sharing, receiving guideline and Mission: Lifeline program updates, announcements and other useful information regarding systems of care.
  2. Like our Mission: Lifeline Facebook(link opens in new window) page and connect with us via social media.
  3. Reach out to MissionLifeline@heart.org or your local AHA representative and get assistance with data collection and review as well as more information on local events, regional meetings, etc.