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In cases of serious injury “scoop and run” improves survival compared with ambulance

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 22 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4430
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Researchers have discovered what gang members have known all along—that you’re more likely to survive a serious injury if you get yourself to hospital than if you wait for an ambulance.1

“Scoop and run” describes the most basic form of prehospital trauma care—transportation with no intervention. A study from 2014 found that patients who used private transportation had improved survival compared with those who waited for an ambulance. But researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine …

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