Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, announced it has received two Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

One award is for the hospital’s work with STEMI — ST-elevation myocardial infarction — patients, and the second is for its work with NSTEMI — non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. A STEMI occurs when a coronary artery is completely blocked whereas a NSTEMI is typically caused by a narrowed artery that isn’t completely blocked.

The goal of the Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce the barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call and continuing through treatment.

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, earned the awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI and NSTEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for at least one consecutive 90-day interval.

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