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Delays in Calling 911 for Complaints of Chest

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Heather Parnham
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Heart disease is the leading cause of  mortality in the United States. 48% of people that experience a MI each year die before  accessing health services. Administering thrombolytic drugs within one hour of the onset  of MI can result in little or no evidence of myocardial damage. The average amount of delay time ranges from 2 – 6.5 hours. Although EMS is considered the first response to any medical  emergency, majority of the population does not utilize it.
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Patient care starts as soon as EMS personnel reach the scene of a MI. Critical part of prehospital care for MI patients. Less than 50% of people call 911 when having chest pain. Calling 911 will usually result in  quicker access to care compared with private transport to an ED.
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Gender Age Race Lack of Knowledge/Awareness Do not think of calling 911 History of previous cardiac diseases Think self-transport will be faster Fear of worse things to happen
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Alternate forms of health care Onset of symptoms between the hours of 6pm and  6am Extended process of decision Managed care settings Delay in triage/assessment of patients with MIs Severity of pains
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