More than one-third of nearly 15,000 patients who suffered ST-elevation myocardial infarction waited 90 minutes or more at hospitals that can't perform percutaneous coronary intervention before they were transferred to facilities that can, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Almost 6% of patients who waited more than 30 minutes before their transfers died after arrival at the second hospital compared with less than 3% of those transferred within 30 minutes, researchers found.

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