John B. McMullen, M.D.; Richard P. Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Charles V. Mattingly, M.D.; James V. Warren, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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More than half the patients dying from myocardial infarction do not reach the hospital. A specially designed mobile coronary care unit has been introduced in Columbus, Ohio, to study the effect of earlier institution of coronary care. The unit responds to calls suggestive of a "heart attack" received by the Columbus Fire Department Emergency Squad. It is staffed by three squad members and a physician. The monitored infarct patient is stabilized and taken to the nearest hospital having a coronary care unit.
From April to October 1969 the mobile unit responded 500 times. Half of the cases were diagnosed as
McMullen JB, Lewis RP, Mattingly CV, Warren JV. Experience with a Mobile Coronary Care Unit.. Ann Intern Med. ;72:779–780. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-779_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):779-780.
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