Standardising crash call numbers

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1404 (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1404

A minor issue compared with need to change concept of cardiac arrest team

  1. George P Findlay (findlay@cardiff.ac.uk),
  2. Nick J Stallard
  1. Research fellow in intensive care medicine Registrar in anaesthesia University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF4 4XW

    EDITOR,—Salem A Beshyah and colleagues imply that the adoption of a national telephone number to summon emergency medical help might increase survival from cardiac arrests that occur in hospital.1 It is disturbing that the authors focus on the side issue of how to summon help and do not address the problem of when to summon help.

    At present the only systematic and universal response to serious illness in general wards occurs after the patient has almost died, when …

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