More than one-third of stroke patients are not transported to the hospital by ambulance, despite the importance of prompt treatment.
Researchers looked at data from over 200,000 stroke patients and found EMS brought 63.7% of patients to the ER, with the rest arriving in various other ways. Almost 61% of patients transported by ambulance got to the hospital within three hours of their first symptoms, compared to only 40% who didn't use EMS.
Minorities and those living in rural areas were less likely to call for an ambulance.
This study was led by researchers at UCLA and published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Copyright 2013 KCBD. All rights reserved.