To be recognized, the emergency medical agencies had to successfully implement treatment guidelines for patients who suffer a severe heart attack, known as a ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
The agencies were awarded uniform patches, ambulance decals and certificates for their role in helping educate identification of STEMI, which involves a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.
The recognized agencies must also provide access to 12-lead ECG machines and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines.
The correct tools and training are important because they help EMS providers to rapidly identify the heart attack and promptly notify medical center, which triggers a quick response from the hospital personnel.
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