Raising Women’s Voices

More Delays for Women in Emergency Care

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 26, 2009

A new study revealed that women experience delays getting to the hospital, specifically when heart trouble is the symptom.  Researchers discovered that although men and women had similar ambulance response times, women were 52% more likely to spend 45 minutes or longer with EMT’s before reaching the hospital, compared to the average time of 34 minutes.  Previous research has typically focused on how long patients wait for care once they have arrived at the hospital, rather than how long it takes one to reach the hospital.   Thomas W. Concannon, the lead author and assistant professor of medicine at Tufts  said that it is not clear why the discrepancy exists, but relayed that time was critical when dealing with heart conditions.

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