American Heart Association presents 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award to Trans Am Ambulance

Trans Am Ambulance Services has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the sixth year in a row for outstanding pre-hospital care for patients experiencing severe STEMI heart attacks. The AHA presented Trans Am with the 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award recognizing Trans Am’s commitment to guidelines-based care while meeting high standards of performance.

“We are very proud of our extraordinary team of Trans Am EMS professionals and honored to earn this highly regarded recognition from the American Heart Association for six consecutive years,” said Trans Am General Manager Todd Reisner.

“Our paramedics and EMTs are committed to the highest levels of pre-hospital treatment for every patient in our care. Suspected STEMI cases prompt a very precise sequence of clinical protocols that we know are critical to the ultimate patient outcome,” Reisner continued. “Mission: Lifeline recognition is a tremendous honor that is rooted in a foundation of teamwork, from the EMS response and early activation all the way to the hospital and cath lab. Precise coordination of care is essential to positive outcomes.”

Every year, more than 250,000 Americans experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack. STEMIs are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. Blood flow must be restored as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

In 2019, Trans Am Ambulance crews transported 78 patients reporting cardiac-type chest pain. Of those, 6 patients indicative of STEMI heart attacks based on pre-hospital electrocardiogram (ECG). This compares to 136 patients transported for cardiac-type chest pain and 14 indicative of STEMI heart attacks in 2018.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides the tools, training and resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Trans Am Ambulance for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.

About Trans Am Ambulance Services

For more than 30 years, the Trans Am team has provided the highest quality ambulance services to Cattaraugus County and the Village and Town of Cuba in Allegany County in west Upstate New York. The company also serves customers in McKean and Potter counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. Every Trans Am medical vehicle is staffed with certified paramedics and EMTs trained in the latest lifesaving technology and emergency protocols. Trans Am is a member of the national Priority Ambulance family of companies.

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.

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