The on-duty crew of Merrill Personnel were given the “Rescue 1 Outstanding Achievement Award” at an informal presentation last week.
The Rescue 1 award is in recognition of Lincoln County EMS Transport Teams from Merrill Fire for their commitment in implementing “a higher standard of care for heart attack patients” resulting in improved outcomes for the cardiac patients that are served.
According to RN, Janet Abel, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, “the transfer team is a huge part in the outcome of the patient who is having a heart attack, because ‘time is muscle’ and all parts of the system play an important role in the successful outcome of the patient.”
The American College of Cardiologist and the American Heart Association research show that it is vital for the patient who is having a heart attack needs to have blood flow resumed to the heart in less than 90 minutes or the outcome may not be positive for that patient.
Data shows that the transfer crews from Merrill were able to depart Good Samaritan Health Center and have the patient to the cath lab at St. Clares in 25-28 minutes, the national goal is to be able to transfer the patient for definitive care in under 30 minutes.