Study examines San Francisco's emergency dispatch system

07/29/2010 | Reuters

Data from 911 calls in San Francisco over a period of one and a half years show that for every seven times the city's Emergency Medical Dispatch System sends out an ambulance for patients thought to be in cardiac or respiratory arrest, only one is actually in cardiac arrest. The findings could prompt other cities to examine their own dispatch system and "make sure those ambulances are in the right place at the right time," the study's lead author said.

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