The Tulsa Fire Department has been awarded the 2013 Heart Safe Community Award in the large community category by the International Association of Fire Chief’s EMS Section and Physio-Control.
The Heart Safe Community Award is presented to fire service-based EMS agencies and other EMS systems that have played a key role in improving the quality of out-of-hospital resuscitation efforts.
Criteria for the award:
Agencies and systems nominated will have demonstrated creative approaches to improving therapies for patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes and its life-threatening complication - Sudden Cardiac Arrest – through:
• Bystander CPR
• AED deployment (i.e., PAD programs, First Response)
• Out-of-hospital 12-lead ECGs
• 12-lead ECG advanced notification to the receiving hospital
• Partnering with local hospitals to improve outcomes from ACS and sudden cardiac arrest
• Communication programs to increase awareness and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest and heart attacks
The TFD EMS Branch submitted an application package that highlights the department’s work with the Metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa Office of the Medical Director, EMSA, and local hospital partners. Throughout 2012, the Tulsa Fire Department made significant improvements in its response to patients suffering from heart attack and cardiac arrest. Application of a coordinated team approach to treating patients in cardiac arrest, participation in researching new cardiac monitoring technology, and working toward a coordinated data gathering and review process were all features of the TFD application.
The award will be presented at the upcoming Fire Rescue Med conference on May 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada.