The Virginia Heart Attack Coalition/Mission Lifeline concluded another highly successful annual event in Williamsburg. Approximately 100 STEMI Stakeholders from across the Commonwealth participated in the 6th annual meeting in May.
Regional Reports / Best Practices
The events kicked off the evening of May 12 with a meeting of the Tidewater Duke/AHA STEMI Accelerator group. EMT’s, Nurses, Administrators, Cardiologists, ED physicians, and AHA staff convened a regional meeting to review data, protocols, and EMS plans and to chart a course for the coming months. Already tremendous progress has been made in the Norfolk/Chesapeake area, with the median FMC to balloon time dropping to an historic low of 72 minutes. Many of the “Lessons From Tidewater” were presented in a session the following day, as Virginia hopes to learn how best to use this experience to improve STEMI care across the Commonwealth.
On Friday, participants heard excellent presentations from Dr. Darrell Nelson, Asst. Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest University, on “Challenges in Cath Lab Activation” and “Cardiac Arrest Systems of Care”. Regional and Statewide STEMI data was also presented. The “Science Power Hour” featured talks on drugs in ACLS and Beta-blockers for AMI. The HEMS STEMI project presented their data on the state of Air Transport.
Conference presentations are available from Dropbox
EMS Award Winners
Another highlight of the festivities was the presentation of Mission Lifeline EMS Awards! Recipients are pictured below.
“Drive to 75”
The day ended with a talk on VHAC and the “Drive to 75”. This wrap-up discussed successes and challenges for the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition and the shared goal of a State FMC2b of less than 75 minutes.
Thanks to all who attended! We look forward to seeing you back in 2017. Please help us to plan the 2017 VHAC/Mission: Lifeline State Meeting by filling out this brief survey.