Detroit hospital's 24/7 cardiac team cuts time to treatment

12/16/2008 | Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Medical Center has reduced time-to-treatment for heart attack patients to 47 minutes by having a seasoned cardiac team sleep at the hospital. Critics question whether the cost -- up to $1 million a year in overtime for physicians, nurses and technicians -- is worth it and whether the program could lead to unnecessary invasive procedures.

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