RICHARD S. CRAMPTON, M.D.
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Despite the apparent benefits of prehospital treatment and early mobilization, many physicians who are ignorant of the biological, psychological, and economic effects of acute myocardial infarction, leave prehospital treatment to chance, prolong bed rest unnecessarily, and unduly put off ambulation, discharge, and return to gainful work for their patients. The facts are that ending bed rest early does not increase complication or death rates (1-4), that 60% of patients who receive prehospital resuscitation return to active life (5), and that community mortality is reduced 15% by the community-wide coronary care system (6). In England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, and
CRAMPTON RS. Bed Rest After Myocardial Infarction. Ann Intern Med. ;79:449. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-449
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):449.
Acute Coronary Syndromes, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine.
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