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
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McMullen JB, Lewis RP, Mattingly CV, Warren JV. Experience with a Mobile Coronary Care Unit.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;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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