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Ambulances: Death Carts

Ambulances: Death Carts


Every week, the Null dissects the most self-evident studies and pointless papers not to hit the headlines. It's harsh, but funny. This week, we look at slow ambulance drivers.


The longer it takes for a seriously ill person to get to hospital, the more likely they are to die en route. That’s the grisly yet ruddy obvious conclusion of a study recently published in Emergency Medicine Journal.

The four-year study considered over 10,000 patients who were either unconscious, not breathing or had serious chest pains. In all, the risk of death rose by 1% for every 6 miles travelled.

Whilst the results might speak for themselves, the researchers point out how their study is at odds with government proposals to close local emergency care departments in favour of fewer, more specialised centres. Ministers say their proposals will save lives; this research indicates the opposite.

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