Durham, NC- Durham Regional Hospital recently qualified for the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.
This award highlights the efforts from first medical contact (usually Emergency Medical Services) to device activation. Every year, almost 250,000 people experience a STEMI heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Systems of care have been developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments.
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care in both acute treatment measures and discharge measures. Before they are discharged, appropriate patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling.
Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.
“This award is indicative of the excellent teamwork and coordination of services of the Durham Regional family,” says Alycia Hassett, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) at Durham Regional Hospital. “Beginning with EMS, moving efficiently through the Emergency Department and seamlessly merging the expertise of the personnel in the Cath Lab, a patient with an acute myocardial infarction is treated quickly and appropriately. It is with this cooperation that we meet or exceed the current guidelines of the American Heart Association.”