Lenox Hill Hospital Honored For Rapidly, Efficiently Treating the Most Dangerous Type of Heart Attack

Lenox Hill Hospital EMS crew received the Gold-level Mission: Lifeline recognition award for improving survival for patients experiencing the most dangerous type of heart attacks.

Lenox Hill Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline EMS Level Recognition Award for improving survival and quality of life for patients experiencing the most dangerous type of heart attack, known as STEMI. The gold-level recognition is reserved for EMS crews that have achieved success rates of at least 75 percent of higher on each of AHA’s achievement measures, including timely patient access, rapid STEMI identification and appropriate treatments. Lenox Hill Hospital EMS surpassed the minimal requirements, attaining scores of around 90 percent on each of the criterions. In 2016, Lenox Hill Hospital was honored with the silver-level award.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to enhancing quality of care for our patients experiencing the most dangerous type of heart attack,” said Craig Smith, Regional Director, Emergency Medical Services, Northwell Health. “Our first responders play a vital role in the care of STEMI patients, as they are responsible for swiftly activating the life-saving emergency response system.”

ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is the most dangerous type of heart attack and affects a quarter of a million Americans each year. It is caused by complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and can be fatal is not immediately treated. To prevent death, blood flow must be restored as quickly as possible, either surgically or through clot-busting medication.

Recipients of the award are recognized for implementing important improvement measures to enhance the quality of care for STEMI patients. The award is presented to emergency response teams who are able to quickly identify these acute heart attacks, promptly notify the destination center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. Lenox Hill Hospital provides its emergency response team with the vital tools and training to help enhance the care and clinical outcomes of these types of patients by delivering education in STEMI identification, providing access to 12 lead ECG machines and developing protocols derived from ACC/AHA STEMI guidelines.

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