New ambulance targets could save 3000 lives a year

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:281

A new system for answering emergency calls to the ambulance service in Britain could save 3000 lives a year, says the Department of Health in a discussion document released last week. It proposes a new three tier system of response times for emergencies: patients having a heart attack should be reached within 8 minutes; other emergencies should be reached within 19 minutes (the maximum length of time in the current patient's charter for all calls); and people with minor …

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