Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award
Mill Valley, June 28, 2019— Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System (SMEMPS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (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’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
“Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic Systemis dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Fire Chief Chris Tubbs. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often 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. We applaud Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic Servicefor achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
About Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System:
Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System (S.M.E.M.P.S.) was established in October 1980 to better serve the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) needs of residents and visitors in southern Marin County. Prior to 1980, EMS delivery was provided by firefighters that were certified as Emergency Medical Technicians. Patients who required transport to the hospital used private ambulance services for transportation.
Realizing that a more efficient and reliable system was both necessary and possible, local jurisdictions joined together to create a Joint Powers Authority to provide paramedic service to the communities.
Today, a Board of Directors that represents Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere, Southern Marin Fire District, Sausalito and the County of Marin oversees the Authority. The Board meets quarterly and invites members from the public to attend. The activities of the Board are based upon recommendations provided by the fire chiefs in each of the jurisdictions.
SMEMPS personnel treat an average of 2,650 patients each year and have saved hundreds of lives in our 30-year history. Medical oversight for the system is provided by a physician Medical Director, Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator, and a Fire Battalion Chief Specialist.
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.