Federal Review Finds Multiple Shortcomings In Emergency Response After Tracy Morgan’s Traffic Accident
Meanwhile, Reuters reports on a recent study exploring the demographic factors related to who calls for ambulances.
The Associated Press:
Emergency Response Overhaul Sought After Tracy Morgan Crash
The panel’s written review found the emergency response included “missteps on scene due to poor communication, lack of oversight, and nonstandard patient care practices” and recommended the state Department of Health establish minimum training and practice standards for all the organizations that respond to emergencies on the [N.J.] Turnpike, one of the nation’s busiest toll roads. (Catalini, 8/12)
Race, Sex May Influence Who Calls An Ambulance For Stroke Symptoms
Only about half of stroke patients use emergency medical services (EMS) to get to the hospital, but white women are the most likely to call an ambulance while blacks and Hispanics of both sexes are least likely, a new U.S. study finds. Race and gender seemed to influence who calls for an ambulance most often, even when the researchers took other factors like age, health insurance, geographic location, medical history and stroke symptoms into account, said lead author Heidi Mochari-Greenberger of Columbia University Medical Center in New York. (Doyle, 8/12)