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Austin-Travis County EMS Honored with Mission: Lifeline Gold Award

Austin, TX — Austin-Travis County EMS has received the American Heart Association’s highest level of recognition and has been designated a Gold EMS Agency with the Mission: Lifeline® Program. The designation recognizes success for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

Every year, almost 300,000 people experience a STEMI.  This is a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment in order to prevent death, and restore blood flow as quickly as possible.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recognizes the vital importance Emergency Medical System providers provide to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical facility and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.  

The men and women of Austin-Travis County EMS are dedicated to improving the quality of care for patients who suffer a heart attack and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines. We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.