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In a Heartbeat
On April 11, 2006 the Maine Quality Forum launched the In a Heartbeat project. This project seeks to address the creation of an evidence-based, best practice, treatment map for patients suspected of having a heart attack.
The Maine Quality Forum announces state-wide heart attack awareness train the trainer initiative
Governor Baldacci has signed a proclamation declaring February 2007 as American Heart Month in Maine. Click here to read the proclamation.
MQF has released its December 2006 In a Heartbeat Status Report. Click here to read the report.
The In a Heartbeat project seeks to reduce mortality and morbidity that result from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack. The project will involve:
- Regionally appropriate treatment plans, metrics, and data to be collected, analyzed and shared.
- Identification of barriers and strategies to overcome those barriers.
- An Executive Committee to provide oversight, guidance, and advocacy that will consist of representatives in the following categories: emergency department
physician, cardiologist, nurse, basic/advanced life support, dispatch, data selection/collection, hospital administration and public awareness/action.
- Dynamic workgroups to address three specific topics:
Click here for the In a Heartbeat project goals.
Click here for the complete In a Heartbeat project description.
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Maine Cardiovascular Health Council www.mainecardiohealth.org