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Longer ambulance journeys raise mortality in patients with life threatening conditions

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:367
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Longer ambulance journeys to hospital can reduce a patient's chance of survival, a British study has shown.

    Researchers looked at 10 315 cases in four English ambulance services where patients with potentially life threatening conditions other than cardiac arrest were transported to hospital. The trusts covered were Royal Berkshire, Derbyshire, Essex, and West Midlands.

    The results, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, were adjusted for age, sex, clinical category, and seriousness of condition (2007;24:665-8 doi: 10.1136/emj.2007.047654). The …

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