Research Article

Follow-up of emergency ambulance calls in Nottingham: implications for coronary ambulance servie.

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5954.384 (Published 15 February 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:384

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  1. M Cameron,
  2. F Wilkinson,
  3. J R Hampton

    Abstract

    Information about patients in ambulance service records has been linked to that in the patients' hospital records in an attempt to make the most efficient use of a special ambulance service for patients suspected of having heart attacks. During one week 248 emergency (999) calls for an ambulance were made by the public in the city of Nottingham. The quality of information given to the ambulance centre was poor, and all four patients eventually found to have had a myocardial infarction were described as having collapsed. A further study of patients who were also described as having collapsed has led to a system which allows an ambulance controller to send a "coronary ambulance" only in answer to those emergency calls where there is a reasonable possibility that the patient has had a heart attack.