Non-PCI hospitals within the Mission: Lifeline network would be certified as “STEMI referral hospitals” and would create pathways that expedite hospital transfer to “STEMI receiving hospitals.”
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Most importantly, competency and numerical criteria have been developed for certification as a “STEMI receiving hospital.”
Mission: Lifeline registration of EMS and referring and receiving hospitals is underway. Certification of sites that meet the published criteria is soon to start. Many communities and hospital systems have the infrastructure in place, but urban and rural systems are up against major logistical and political barriers.
The AHA is to be applauded for rising to the challenge of the improvement of emergency cardiac care for STEMI. But achieving the goals of Mission: Lifeline nationwide might be a “Mission Impossible.”
For more information, visit www.americanheart.org/missionlifeline.
Dr. Goldstein is professor of medicine at Wayne State University and division head emeritus of cardiovascular medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, both in Detroit.