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Johnson County EMS System receives Gold Plus recognition

If you’re in need of emergency medical services in Johnson County, you can feel confident that you’re in great hands. This week, the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition program awarded Johnson County’s EMS System with a Gold Plus Award, its highest honor.

In order to receive this rating from Mission: Lifeline, the Johnson County EMS System, which is comprised of MED-ACT and fire departments in Johnson County must have received at least a silver recognition last year, a 75% or better compliance on all measures evaluated, and meet the minimum volume requirements in a calendar year.

The program evaluates, among other things, the immediacy with which life-saving measures are administered prior to arrival at a hospital.

“This award is a direct reflection of the teamwork among the Johnson County EMS System,” said Melody Morales, Johnson County EMS System Medical Director program manager. “The Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award is one way in which we can demonstrate that we make a difference and to ensure that we are providing the best care to our community.”

Morales provides an example to demonstrate how the team’s work is assessed to achieve a rating: A person calls 911 for chest pain. The clock starts ticking as soon as the crew arrives and makes contact with the patient. They have 10 minutes to make contact with the patient, assess what is going on and obtain a 12 Lead (tracing of the electrical activity of the heart). Then, the provider determines from the 12 Lead that the patient is having an ST elevation myocardial infarction. It’s important that this information is shared quickly with the cardiologist in order to determine the best treatment for the patient.

“It is a team approach, and EMS plays a huge role in the survival and outcome of the patient,” Morales said.

Learn more about the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition program.


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