LIMA — Lima-Allen County Paramedics has been awarded the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award from the American Heart Association for implementing quality improvements for the treatment of patients experiencing severe heart attacks.
The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognizes emergency medical services for improving systems to help expedite identification of patients having heart attacks to promptly notify medical centers so personnel can prepare earlier responses.
Lima-Allen County Paramedics is owned by Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.
Each year, more than 250,000 people experience the deadliest type of heart attack, an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEM), caused by a blockage of blood flowing to the heart. Timely administration of clot-busting medication or mechanically opening blocked blood vessels is how deaths from STEM are prevented.