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Fire Department receives AHA award for third year

Sarasota County Fire Department receives American Heart Association award for third year

Post Date:06/26/2019

The Sarasota County Fire Department has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award for the third year in a row, which highlights quality improvement measures for treating patients who experience severe heart attacks. EMS Medical Director Dr. Marshall Frank with  Assistant Chief, EMS Operations, Carson Sanders.

Sarasota County Fire Department has over 500 emergency medical service (EMS) staff that undergo training for basic and advanced cardiac life support. Each year, more than 250,000 people in the US experience the deadliest type of heart attack, which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care, following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline's EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify medical centers and trigger early responses from hospital personnel. 

"Sarasota County is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients," said Assistant Chief, EMS Operations, Carson Sanders. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline."

According to the American Heart Association, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are often the first medical point of contact for individuals suffering from a heart attack.

This is the third year in a row Sarasota County has received this high-level recognition. Sanders said the success is attributed to monthly education opportunities, along with the continued monitoring of critical patient outcomes.

"We are proud of our department's efforts," Sanders added. 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. 

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