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Marion County Rescue Squad Receives Prestigious EMS Recognition Award

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The American Heart Association (AHA) recognized the Marion County Rescue Squad for its successes in helping patients suffering from a severe heart attack.

The Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award acknowledges agencies that have at least 75 percent compliance when identifying and treating patients suffering from a severe heart attack known as an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI. 

Every year, almost 300,000 people experience a STEMI, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment, according to the AHA. 

"When someone is having a heart attack, time is of the essence," said paramedic Stephanie Vandetta. 

EMS agencies provide education in STEMI identification and access to 12-lead ECG machines and follow protocols from the AHA.

The correct tools and training allows EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel, according to the AHA.

"We also have state-of-the-art equipment that is able to help us recognize those symptoms. So when we recognize our patient is having a heart attack, we hook them up to our Lifepack 15," said Vandetta.

The Marion County Rescue Squad is the first agency in the state to receive this award.