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Superior heart attack response earns McKinney Fire Department an American Heart Association honor

The American Heart Association has bestowed its Mission: Lifeline Gold Recognition on the McKinney Fire Department, the department announced Monday.

The certification comes in recognition of the department’s first responders for the work they do to treat patients having a heart attack.

“The McKinney Fire Department has been working towards this Gold level of service for several years,” McKinney EMS Chief Charlie Skaggs said in a news release. “This is truly a team effort that involves working closely with the ER staff at local hospitals to provide top-notch care that meets or exceeds national standards.”

There are a number of criteria departments have to meet to receive the American Heart Association’s Gold designation, with organizations graded on four measures mainly dealing with the amount of time between procedures or when moving a patient to a hospital.

Last year, McKinney received a Silver ranking. 32 departments in Texas were awarded either Gold or Gold Plus recognition last year.

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“Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation for excellent STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) care,” the American Heart Association’s website reads. “Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies. The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient’s outcome.”

The McKinney Fire Department says it treated 47 heart attack patients in 2019.

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