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Response Times Vary for In-Hospital Heart Attacks
Date:7/31/2009

hen compared with the 25 percent of hospitals with the most delays, according to the study.

The findings mystified the researchers.

"Many of the individual hospital characteristics that we explored -- such as volume, academic status and hospital-wide mortality rate -- were unrelated to hospital performance in defibrillation time," the authors wrote. "This lack of correlation between 'conventional' hospital-level factors and defibrillation time suggests that other unmeasured characteristics are responsible for certain institutions achieving extremely low rates of delayed defibrillation."

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The American Heart Association has more about heart health.



--Dennis Thompson



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, July 27, 2009


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