BAYTOWN, TX - Baytown Fire Department earns national recognition for efforts to improve segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), heart attack, treatment. The American Heart Association presents the Mission: Lifeline® Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bronze Plus Achievement Award for implementation of quality care for severe heart attack patients to the Baytown Fire Department.
Each year, more than 250,000 people experience STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
“The Baytown Fire Department is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Assistant Fire Chief Dana Dalbey. “The Mission: Lifeline® program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks ,starting from when 9-1-1 is called to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and healthcare system.
Program participants apply for the award recognition and must demonstrate how their organization has committed to improving quality care for STEMI patients.
About City of Baytown
The City of Baytown is located 30 miles east of downtown Houston and is accessible via Interstate 10, Highway 146, and Highway 99. Baytown is the third largest city in Harris county with a population of over 74,000.
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