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CREATING STEMI AND CARDIAC RESUSCITATION SYSTEMS OF CARE AND IMPROVING EXISTING ONES.
Each year, more than half a million Americans experience ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), out-of-hospital cardiac arrest or both. The majority of these patients fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening conditions within recommended timeframes.
Mission: Lifeline® was created by the American Heart Association as a response to missed opportunities for prompt, appropriate STEMI treatment. Recently, Mission: Lifeline expanded to help existing STEMI systems of care incorporate out-of-hospital cardiac resuscitation into their systems.
Cardiac resuscitation can make a lifesaving difference.
Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients have identified coronary vascular disease, and 50 percent have STEMI.
Without prompt cardiac resuscitation, many of the STEMI patients who could potentially benefit from a coordinated STEMI system of care might not survive long enough to enter the system.
That makes cardiac resuscitation a vital component in STEMI systems of care, as well as a key intervention across the full spectrum of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. For that reason, Mission: Lifeline® now offers established STEMI systems of care the opportunity to incorporate cardiac resuscitation.