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November 29, 2012

Maine medics triple cardiac arrest survival rate

Paramedics have started treating patients on the scene instead on en route

Seth Koenig
Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine -- Portland paramedics have nearly tripled their success rate in the past year of saving patients who have suffered cardiac arrest, in large part by providing emergency services on the scene and avoiding time-consuming ambulance rides to local hospitals.

The latest data, shared with city first responders Tuesday during a regular monthly review of best practices, provide statistical reinforcement to a new wave of emergency medical protocols being implemented statewide. The trend of treating patients on-site -- instead of en route -- has become the latest standard in Maine, but until now, there was only anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness widely available.

Full story: Maine medics triple cardiac arrest survival rate

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