Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue was awarded the IAFC's 2012 Heart Safe Community Award for the "under 100,000 population" category in a ceremony on Monday morning.
This award is on the heels of International Accreditation from CFAI - following original accreditation in 2002 and our first re-accreditation in 2007.
The programs that led to the Heart Safe Community award include the following:
- Frequent and well-attended public CPR/AED classes
- Medical Priority Dispatch that includes pre-arrival CPR instructions
- Traffic pre-emption system (Opticom) that reduces response times
- Radio-controlled emergency access gates that reduce response times to gated communities and apartment complexes
- Minimum dispatch of ALS Medic company, two engine companies, and a battalion chief to all cardiac arrest or potential cardiac arrest calls to ensure adequate personnel, a family liaison, and a code team director
- Using the CPR "Pit Crew" concept to improve CPR quality and "hands-on" time
- De-emphasizing treatment that that decreases CPR hands-on time
- Development and implementation of Code Ice therapeutic hypothermia protocol
- Development and intervention of Code STEMI program with the local hospital that beats the 90-minute door-to-intervention standard with high reliability. (In fact, it beats 90 minutes from the 911 call to intervention with high reliability)
- Improved medical equipment and data transmission technology
- High-quality 12-Lead ECG training and follow-up.
- High levels of physician interaction from two Medical Directors, the ED physicians, and the cardiologists.
- Great cooperation with the hospital ED staff, education staff, and administration including regular interdisciplinary meetings
- Participation in the CARES registry
- 100% review of all resuscitations
I'm sure I didn't mention everything...and that I'll get some reminders from my colleagues.
Of course, when you have a lot of smart, talented, and dedicated people involved in the program, it helps point the organization toward success. It also helps when we have the community and hospital teamwork with which we are blessed.