Emergency medical services response time and mortality in an urban setting.

@article{Blanchard2012EmergencyMS,
  title={Emergency medical services response time and mortality in an urban setting.},
  author={Ian E. Blanchard and Christopher James Doig and B Hagel and Andrew R Anton and David Andrew Zygun and John B Kortbeek and Douglas G. Powell and Tyler S. Williamson and Gordon Hilton Fick and Grant D Innes},
  journal={Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors},
  year={2012},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={
          142-51
        }
}
BACKGROUND A common tenet in emergency medical services (EMS) is that faster response equates to better patient outcome, translated by some EMS operations into a goal of a response time of 8 minutes or less for advanced life support (ALS) units responding to life-threatening events. OBJECTIVE To explore whether an 8-minute EMS response time was associated with mortality. METHODS This was a one-year retrospective cohort study of adults with a life-threatening event as assessed at the time of… CONTINUE READING
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