The City of Southlake is pleased to announce the Southlake Fire Department has achieved the 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus level recognition award presented by the American Heart Association.
This is exciting news for the City and lets citizens know they are receiving the best possible care. This is the highest level of recognition related to pre-hospital cardiovascular care available to EMS providers nationwide. The department received this recognition following the submission of specific patient care data that proves we met or exceeded certain criteria. These include how quickly our Firefighter/Paramedics identify and begin treatment for those patients experiencing a heart attack. Additional criteria include how quickly fire personnel obtain, interpret, and submit EKG’s to the receiving hospital. All of these efforts combined decreases the time it takes to stabilize heart attack patients which ultimately saves cardiac muscle and leads to an increase in survival.
The department received Gold level recognition in 2016 but based on our personnel’s continued determination to provide the BEST patient care possible, the AHA advanced our status for 2017.