Factors related to prolonged on-scene time during ambulance transportation for critical emergency patients in a big city in Japan: A population-based observational study

  • Nagata I
  • Abe T
  • Nakata Y
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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the factors related to prolonged on-scene times, which were defined as being over 30 min, during ambulance transportation for critical emergency patients in the context of a large Japanese city. DESIGN: A population-based observational study. SETTING: Kawasaki City, Japan's eighth largest city. PARTICIPANTS: The participants in this study were all critical patients (age ≥15 years) who were transported by ambulance between April 2010 and March 2013 (N=11 585). OUTCOME MEASURES: On-scene time during ambulance transportation for critical emergency patients. RESULTS: The median on-scene time for all patients was 17 min (IQR 13-23). There was a strong correlation between on-scene time and the number of phone calls to hospitals from emergency medical service (EMS) personnel (p

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