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Ambulance Diversion Found to be Linked to Heart Attack Death Rate

Photodisc(WASHINGTON) -- A new study has found that ambulance diversion is strongly linked to death rate among patients who have heart attacks.

The study was conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, and involved almost 14,000 elderly patients. The findings of the study, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveal that lengthy periods of ambulance diversion are associated with higher mortality rates among patients with time-sensitive conditions such as heart attacks.

Researchers say they found that when the emergency room nearest to a patient was on diversion for 12 hours or more, patient mortality rates increased at 30 days, 90 days, nine months and one year as compared to when the nearest emergency room wasn’t on diversion.

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