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Acadian Ambulance has received nine American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® EMS achievement awards for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives.

This year, Acadian Ambulance received the following achievement awards:

  • Gold Plus 
    • Houston, TX region
  • Silver Plus
    • Jackson County, MS region
  • Bronze Plus
    • Central LA region
    • Northeast LA region
    • Bayou LA region
    • Capital LA region
    • Southwest LA region
    • Northshore LA region
  • Bronze
    • Central TX region

 

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack known as an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), 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 by either mechanically opening the blocked vessel or using clot-busting medication. 

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 911 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 health care system.

“The health care professionals who interact with a patient even before he or she enters the hospital or emergency room play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James G. Jollis, M.D., volunteer chair for the GWTG-CAD Systems of Care Advisory Work Group and professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. “Since they 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.”

The Mission: Lifeline achievement award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to treating patients according to the most up-to-date research-based practices as outlined by the American Heart Association. 

“Acadian Ambulance is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Acadian Quality Improvement Manager Clint Braud. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”

Acadian Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, offering emergency and non-emergency transportation to areas in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee.