Sunday, January 06, 2008

Don't Have a Heart Attack in a Hospital

Hospitals have their limits | You will get faster care in an airport or casino.
Doctors already knew that more than half of those who suffer such attacks in airports and casinos survive. But a new study in hospitals shows that only a third of victims there survive, primarily because patients do not receive life-saving defibrillation within the recommended two minutes.

Nearly 40 percent of hospitalized patients who received defibrillation within two minutes survived to leave the hospital, compared with only 22 percent of those for whom the response took longer, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
I wonder how this will change when Hillary Care rescues all of us from the evils of private medicine?

To be fair the statistics are probably tainted a little bit by the fact that people already in the hospital who have a heart attack are probably either having a second heart attack or are weakened from other conditions to start with. But the fact that people don't get treatment in the recommended time is a bit sad. (Enough that they could measure it.)

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