At the August 10, 2016 Oceanside's City Council Meeting, Oceanside Fire was presented with the gold award from American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline Program. The gold award is the highest level award and is earned when EMS agencies meet or exceed established STEMI care criteria for two consecutive years. The criteria threshold is 75% in three areas for each quarter of 2015, and the OFD exceeded this level in all three areas:
1. Screening 93% of our 575 non-traumatic chest pain patients >35 years of age using our 12 lead technology; 2. Accurately identifying STEMI in the 15 patients that had prehospital STEMIs last year with OFD with 100% accuracy; 3. Working successfully with TCMC by early notification and rapid transport to get these patients to the TCMC cath lab devices within 90 minutes from first medical contact (FMC) 100% of the time.
Oceanside Fire Department also received the gold award last year, and the silver the year before when the silver was the highest available as the Lifeline Program had just begun offering the awards to prehospital. This year OFD was one of only seven agencies statewide to get the gold award, and the only one in San Diego County.
Congratulations to all the OFD medics and their supporting engineers and captains who work as a team to provide Oceanside's 911 patients with excellent cardiac care!