EMS Week & One Heart Program Kickoff

One Heart Press Release photoMay 20, 2013

May 19-25 is National Emergency Medical Services Week. We recognize the tremendous role that EMS practitioners make to improve health in communities across the county. The around-the-clock dedication to providing emergency care is evident with one statistic: MTEMS made 6067 runs in 2012.

Emergency care professionals are committed to delivering emergency medical care in the community.  They strive for seamless care from the field to the hospital emergency department or trauma center. Their commitment to ensuring that patients receive the best medical care available, anytime and anywhere, is instrumental to advancing the health, safety, and well being of our community. EMS is an essential part of building a resilient health care system that functions efficiently and effectively every day while being capable of responding to disasters and public health emergencies.

Our efforts at the local level are all aimed at supporting the men and women on the front lines of the health care system—the EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Nurses, Physicians, Researchers, Educators, Administrators, and Supervisors who come together to provide the best possible care when personal, community, or national tragedy strikes.

Please join MTEMS during the National EMS Week in thanking the dedicated professionals in emergency medical services for the critical work they do to improve the health of the people we serve and strengthen the health security of all.

During National EMS week Multi-Township EMS is launching its Community CPR training program.  The One Heart “Hands Helping Hearts” Program was developed to help improve the sudden cardiac arrest survival rates in our community.

It’s shockingly simple to save a life. Every year more than 300,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – a condition in which the heart unexpectedly stops beating. It can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time, even to those with optimal heart health. And when it occurs – seconds count.

Led by Multi-Township EMS – The One Heart Program is an initiative that is designed to train laypersons CPR.  When you learn CPR you are more likely to perform CPR quicker, which will improve community cardiac arrest survival rates. For every minute that a person’s heart has stopped their chance of survival decreases by 10%. MTEMS has a goal to teach 10% (5000 people) of the population of our community CPR this year.

Each year on average 40 people in our community suffer sudden cardiac arrest. The earlier SCA is recognized and the earlier chest compressions are started, the higher the likelihood of survival. Bystander CPR can keep blood flowing throughout the body until emergency teams arrive. Studies have shown that bystander CPR can more than double the chance of survival if it is started within minutes on an SCA victim.

Multi-Township EMS has partnered with Kosciusko Community Hospital, Kerlin Motors, and Zale Drugs to launch the One Heart Program. This program was developed by Multi-Township EMS to improve the Sudden Cardiac arrest survival rates in Kosciusko County.  MTEMS has found, through data collection, areas where we as a community need to improve to increase the survival rate from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

  1. Bystander CPR:  The goal of teaching 5000 Kosciusko Residents CPR will improve the rates of bystander CPR being performed prior to EMS arrival.
  2. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) registry:  MTEMS is creating a registry of all the AED’s in Kosciusko County.  This registry will be loaded into the Kosciusko County Dispatch computer system.  This registry will be utilized by the dispatchers to help find the closest AED to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest patient.
  3. Recognition of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest:  The community will be trained to recognize the need for CPR.  If some sudden collapses it is imperative that you act rapidly.  Call 911, check if conscious, and check if breathing normally if no to both questions find the center of the chest push hard and fast at a rate of 100 per minute.

 

Multi-Township EMS will be at local festivals and events to teach CPR.  If you would like more information about learning CPR please contact Tony Doyle at 574-269-1975 or visit www.mtems.com