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McHenry Fire Protection District receives award for heart attack treatment measures

McHENRY – The measures the McHenry Township Fire Protection District has in place to treat patients with severe hearts attacks earned the agency a recent recognition.

According to a release from the district, it received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award, which is given to agencies that have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year.

The McHenry agency is one of 21 EMS agencies in the state to receive the award, the release said.

“The McHenry Township Fire Protection District is dedicated to providing a high level of service with the goal of continually improving the quality of care for all of our patients,” Fire Chief Anthony Huemann said in the release. “We are pleased to be recognized for our achievements in emergency medical care for cardiac patients.”

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience the most deadly type of heart attack, an ST elevation myocardial infarction, which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart and requires timely treatment, the release said. It becomes critical to restore blood flow quickly, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medicine.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group.

“Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes off life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.

“We applaud the McHenry Township Fire Protection District for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

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