Puckett EMS-Cobb County receives 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award for outstanding STEMI heart attack response

Puckett EMS has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) in Cobb County, Georgia outstanding pre-hospital care for patients experiencing severe STEMI heart attacks. The AHA presented Puckett EMS with the 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus award, recognizing the team’s commitment to guidelines-based care while meeting high standards of performance.

“We are very proud of our Puckett EMS team  and honored to once again accept the Mission: Lifeline Award. Our paramedics and EMTs are committed to the highest levels of pre-hospital care for all patients. And when it comes to suspected STEMI cases, precise coordination with our hospital and first-responder partners is essential for improved outcomes,” said Jake Lonas, vice president of  operations.

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.

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 Puckett EMS

Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency and critical care ambulance services to the citizens of Southwest Cobb, Walker, Dade and Catoosa counties in North Georgia, and in Marion and Sequatchie counties in Southeast Tennessee. Puckett EMS is also the contracted ground ambulance service for multiple hospital systems. Puckett EMS is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and is a member of the 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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