Mission: Lifeline Kansas and Project 10/30

Communty Hospital Onaga and St. Marys Hospitals participate in the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Kansas and Project 10/30.

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association’s program establishing regional Systems of Care focused on ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation.

Through partnerships with area EMS, dispatchers, and transfering hospitals, CHCS establishes streamlined systems of care to improve the process and outcomes of cardiac emergencies. 

Project 10/30 is designed to improve the speed of recognition to reperfusion for patients with STEMI.  The “10” stands for the time goal of 10 minutes for door-to-EKG interpretation.  This time goal has been established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association for many years, and non-compliance of this time is still found to be a major cause of delay in patient treatment.  Rapidly obtaining an EKG, and immediately showing that EKG to an experienced provider for interpretation is the most effective method of triage in a patient with signs or symptoms of ACS.  The “30” of Project 10/30 is reflective of 2 other important time goals: 30 minutes Door-in-Door-Out (DIDO) and 30 minutes Door-to-Needle in patients who are determined eligible for thrombolytics.

As part of the Lifeline Kansas network, the team starts preparations the moment its notified that a heart attack patient is on the way.
This network identifies hospitals that participate in coordinated systems of care for STEMI and meet the following 24/7 standards:

  • Facilitation of immediate STEMI patient transfer to PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention)-capable receiving centers.
  • Expertise and equipment to treat STEMI patients with thrombolytic therapy, if appropriate and if prompt transfer is not an option.
  • Treatment of STEMI patients according to American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guidelines.
  • Use of protocols for immediate treatment and transfer of STEMI patients.
  • Prompt transfer of patient data to receiving center hospital team.
  • Coordination of patient’s return to local community and follow-up care after discharge from receiving center.

Through its Mission Lifeline program, the American Heart Association hopes to significantly reduce cardiac death by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.

For more information on the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Referral Center Accreditation, visit www.heart.org/missionlifeline or www.scpcp.org.


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