Joint Cardiac Emergency Effort by Trinitas and Elizabeth Fire Department Recognized With “Mission: Lifeline Gold Award”

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Joint Cardiac Emergency Effort by Trinitas and Elizabeth Fire Department Recognized With “Mission: Lifeline Gold Award

(ELIZABETH, NJ, January 18, 2017)---The American Heart and Stroke Association presented Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit and the Elizabeth Fire Department with the 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Award. This award is used to recognize speed and coordination in transporting chest pain patients to the hospital for emergency cardiac treatment.

The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to save more lives by connecting first responders with hospitals and other health care providers and creating a seamless transition of resources from the patient’s location to the hospital. “We are very pleased that the American Heart and Stroke Association recognized our two organizations in this manner, but we’re even more satisfied that our collaboration is actually saving lives,” explains Gerard Muench, Director of Pre-Hospital Services at Trinitas.

In the past, ‘door-to-needle’ time was used as an indicator of quality patient care, according to Muench. It referred to the time that elapsed between a cardiac patient’s arrival in the ER and the start of life-saving treatment in the cardiac catheterization lab. “Now, the clock starts when emergency services personnel first arrive at the scene of a patient having chest pain. Those first moments of treatment in the field are crucial to a patient’s overall outcome by reducing the damage to the heart caused by a blocked coronary artery,” he adds.

A key example of how treatment time is reduced can be found in the use of a portable EKG machine that transmits the patient’s 12 Lead EKG directly to the emergency department. The data is read and acted upon by physicians at the hospital, before the actual arrival of the patient. Another important way to save time is for the Elizabeth Fire Department EMTs, Trinitas paramedics and the

Emergency Department nurses, to work together and deliver the patient to the cardiac catheterization lab quickly. This is done by having the patient remain on the ambulance stretcher and only briefly stopping at the Emergency Department on the way to the catheterization lab.

“Collaboration among pre-hospital providers, the hospital and community emergency resources is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. It is gratifying to be recognized for driving improvements in care for patients in the community and raising the bar for emergency medical system providers,” states Rich Biedrzycki, EMS Chief for the Elizabeth Fire Department.

“Trinitas Regional Medical Center continues to be an innovative health care leader and invested community partner,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “From incorporating advanced technology to showcasing excellence in treatment, these hardworking, dedicated and skilled professionals remain committed to enhancing services and improving the quality of life for all.”

Together the Trinitas Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Elizabeth Fire Department are changing and saving lives in the greater Elizabeth Area, and will continue to evolve and develop to provide quality patient care.