2010 Heart Safe Award Deadline Nears
March 22 is the deadline to apply for the awards being handed out at Fire-Rescue Med in early May. The awards honor creative approaches to improving therapies for patients with acute coronary syndromes and sudden cardiac arrest.
The application deadline -- March 22 -- is drawing near for the 2010 Heart Safe Community Awards sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs' EMS Section and Physio-Control, the AED manufacturer that is a division of Medtronic. Two awards will be presented during Fire-Rescue Med, a conference taking place May 1-5 in Las Vegas, one for a community with more than 100,000 residents and one for a smaller community.
Agencies and systems nominated for the award must have demonstrated creative approaches to improving therapies for patients with acute coronary syndrome and its life-threatening complication, sudden cardiac arrest, through:
- Bystander CPR
- AED deployment, such as PAD programs and 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.
Each winning agency will receive admission for two to the Fire-Rescue Med conference, travel, and meal expenses for the two while they attend the conference, along with a crystal trophy.
Click here for the application form.
Last year's Heart Safe Small Community Award went to the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority of Colorado, while the Large Community Award went to San Diego Project Heart Beat and the San Diego Fire Department of California.