Calling a Physician

When patients call a physician for consultation about symptoms, rather than calling EMS, delay time is significantly increased (56-60). Physicians may not be readily available at the time of the call (leading to delays while office or telephone service staff try to reach them) or they may give advice that increases the delay to treatment (23). REACT investigators reported that EMS use was decreased during a cardiac event if patients took an aspirin/antacid or communicated with a doctor before going to the hospital (55).

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