February is American Heart Month, a month dedicated to promoting heart health and recommitting to our cardiovascular wellbeing. We also acknowledge pivotal programs like Mission: Lifeline®, a national American Heart Association initiative. Their goal is to revolutionize the system of care for patients facing critical heart-related emergencies. Mission: Lifeline® unites healthcare professionals and stakeholders to significantly raise survival rates and improve the quality of care for patients being treated for cardiac events. Their recognition system is well known throughout the country and celebrates hospitals and EMS agencies that consistently excel in timely, evidence-based care for acute heart conditions.

“Mission: Lifeline® gives us a roadmap best practices to deliver the best possible patient outcomes of STEMI and Stroke care.  Air Methods provides our hospital and EMS partners a means to provide rapid and highly acute patient transport in order for them to obtain Bronze, Silver and even Gold recognition.” said Air Methods VP of Clinical Services, Kelly Miller.

At Air Methods, we are proud to play a key role in this life-saving initiative by providing indispensable support through:

“Time equals muscle for our STEMI patients and brain for our Stroke patients,” Kelly explains. “Air medical transport, when activated early, will improve patient outcomes and save lives.”

Air Methods is dedicated to assisting EMS and hospital personnel in delivering the highest standard of patient care possible. Our air medical services directly impact the AHAEMS8, AHACAD9, and AHACAD23 recognition criteria across EMS, Receiving Center, and Referring Hospital programs. View the criteria here. If you are interested in partnering with Air Methods to increase quality of care and potentially receive Mission: Lifeline® recognition, click here and your local Air Methods representative will get in touch.

Concepts, research, and solutions pertaining to this article were contributed to by Aidan O’Connor, NR-P, FP-C, Regional Sales Director at Air Methods, and William Kelly Miller, Vice President of Clinical Services at Air Methods.