2017-06-21 / Front Page

Morgan County EMS receives award for cardiac patient care


Pictured in front, from left, are: EMS administrator Renea Stansbury, American Heart Association representative Cynthia Keely and Morgan County EMS Director Kevin Duckwall. In back, from left, are: County Commission President Joel Tuttle, EMS crew members Doug Smith, Haley Whitacre, Barb Gloyd and Chris Athey, County Commissioners Ken Reed and Bob Ford. Pictured in front, from left, are: EMS administrator Renea Stansbury, American Heart Association representative Cynthia Keely and Morgan County EMS Director Kevin Duckwall. In back, from left, are: County Commission President Joel Tuttle, EMS crew members Doug Smith, Haley Whitacre, Barb Gloyd and Chris Athey, County Commissioners Ken Reed and Bob Ford. The American Heart Association recognized Morgan County Rescue Service last week for their response time and success rate in treating emergency cardiac patients. In a presentation before the Morgan County Commission on Wednesday, June 14, the rescue service received a Lifeline EMS Silver Award from American Heart Association representative Cynthia Keely.

The award is for “implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Dr. James Jollis in an award press release. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.”

Kevin Duckwall, CEO of Morgan County EMS, applied for the award program, which evaluates a year’s worth of standards and procedures used by rescue crews.

Morgan County EMS responded to 2125 incidents in 2016, and 11% of those – 234 calls – were cardiac-related. Duckwall said crews have a 54% rate of “return of spontaneous circulation” in patients who were in cardiac arrest. Rescue squad crews performed 409 12-lead EKGs in 2016, said Duckwall – one of the measures for the American Heart Association award.

Morgan County EMS is the contractor that provides three Advanced Life Support medic units to cover the county. It employs 16 fulltime and 35 part-time employees.

Morgan County EMS is one of 10 agencies in the state to receive the Mission Lifeline award this year.

“You’ve done an excellent job,” said Commission President Joel Tuttle.

Crew members were present to accept the award.

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