Best Practices in Rural STEMI Care - The MISSION continues

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Best Practice Medicine is proud to announce the launch of our latest education initiative, Best Practices in Rural STEMI Care – The Mission Continues. This initiative is made possible by funding provided by the American Heart Association and the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

These clinical education curriculums continue the mission and initiatives of the American Heart Association's Mission Lifeline program, started in 2014 and concluded in 2018.

Best Practice Medicine’s curriculum development team of clinical experts has created three purpose-built programs. These programs are founded on the data collected from Mission Lifeline and in collaboration with STEMI champion representatives of Montana’s nine Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) centers. Merging the research and the analysis from the PCI centers these curriculums address relevant and timely barriers facing STEMI patients in Montana’s clinical care system.

Starting in October of 2018 Montana clinicians will have access to this subsidized and accredited hybrid program. An initial web-based learning component covers the broad challenges facing both pre-hospital and hospital-based clinicians including a review of the current guidelines and best practices in STEMI care. Following completion of the online content, two purpose-built hands-on curriculums are available, one for pre-hospital providers and one for hospital-based providers.

Thanks to the American Heart Association these programs are being offered for a limited time at no cost to the participants.

The Program

Part 1 - Online learning module

This one hour, interactive online learning course is required to participate in the the instructor led, hands on portion of the course. The content is appropriate for both Hospital and Pre-Hospital clinicians.

Online Course - Part 1

Part 2 - For EMS providers

Ninety minute, instructor led curriculum focuses on EMS specific cases and known areas for improvement in STEMI care in Montana. Students must complete Part 1, the online learning module to participate in the instructor led course.

Course Schedule - EMS

Part 2 - For Hospital providers

This ninety minute, instructor led, curriculum focuses on Hospitals specific cases and known areas for improvement in STEMI care in Montana. Students must complete Part 1, the online learning module to participate in the instructor led course.

Course Schedule - Hosptial

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We can't wait to come to your event, we love simulation training! Like you and your teams, we constantly evaluate and seek to mitigate risk in our program. To that end, we have a best of practice inclement weather risk management program you need be aware of.

  1. Our Fleet and Safety Manager monitors regional weather patterns on a daily basis. 
  2. You will contacted as early as possible to warn if weather may affect your event.
  3. 24 hours prior our operational control team will make travel decision based on MT DOT forecasting.
  4. Within 30 minutes of a travel change decision, you will receive a call and E-mail from your Team Leader.

We take the safety of our teams incredibly seriously. At any moment during any portion of the event, the team leader has the absolute discretion to cancel or modify any program to prevent injury to staff and participants. 


One of the sessions we went through was the Beta "test" for the STEMI recognition class. Personally, I had been one of the previous Mission Lifeline instructors but felt that having an outside instructor would be beneficial to the service. The class was very on point, very relevant, and brought some new tools to the service. One of the things I really appreciated, especially as our service has had STEMI recognition training, is that Kevin and Ben brought realistic and plausible scenarios to the class. This lead to some very good discussion and some realization that there were better ways for us to assess and help our patients. These scenarios also gave us a chance to talk about things we don't see very often.

Shane Copps - AEMT

Service Manager - Powder River First Responders / Jesse Ambulance