The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Program has extended silver and bronze awards to 207 emergency medical services and fire departments to recognize their quality of care.

To be recognized, the emergency medical agencies had to successfully implement treatment guidelines for patients who suffer a severe heart attack, known as a ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

The agencies were awarded uniform patches, ambulance decals and certificates for their role in helping educate identification of STEMI, which involves a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

The recognized agencies must also provide access to 12-lead ECG machines and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines.

The correct tools and training are important because they help EMS providers to rapidly identify the heart attack and promptly notify medical center, which triggers a quick response from the hospital personnel.

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