Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus received a Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients suffering heart attacks.

The hospital received an award for their work with the population of patients suffering a ST elevation myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack. This is caused by a complete blockage in a coronary artery and affects more than 250,000 people in the U.S. every year. To prevent death in these cases, it is imperative to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The goal of the Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, starting with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care by following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment. This was achieved through emergency procedures that reestablished blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients, whether coming directly to the hospital or being transferred from another facility.

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