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Advanced EMS may not be best for cardiac-arrest patients
Modern Healthcare

Patients in cardiac arrest may be better off riding to the hospital in an ambulance without advanced life support services. A new study finds that cardiac patients who received advanced care from paramedics had lower survival rates and worse clinical outcomes at substantially higher costs. Emergency physicians who reviewed the study say the findings offer important insights but also caution that additional research is needed to validate the findings. They say some unstudied variables may confound the results.Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function caused by a short circuit in the heart’s electrical system.