Why is effective communication between EMS personnel and emergency department staff important?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Prehospital notification by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel should alert emergency department staff to the possibility of a patient with myocardial infarction (MI). EMS personnel should receive online medical advice for a patient with high-risk features; this allows for early and prompt delivery of medical treatment and, most importantly, facilitates the transportation of patients to facilities with the appropriate level of care.


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