Ambulance ramping causes preventable cardiac deaths: Aus study

The prevalence of handover delays needs urgent attention, cardiologists warn

Patients experiencing chest pain who do not make it from the ambulance to an ED bed inside of 17 minutes are more likely to die than those delivered in a timely manner, a study shows.

Analysis of data on 213,000 transported adults confirms that so-called ambulance ramping affects clinical outcomes and should be urgently addressed, say Melbourne cardiologists and co-authors from Ambulance Victoria.