HCFO Research on the Consequences of Ambulance Diversion Featured in USA Today and Multiple Media Outlets

Publication Date: 
July 1, 2011

Following recent publication in JAMA coinciding with AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting (ARM), HCFO-funded work led by Yu-Chu Shen, Ph.D., of the Naval Postgraduate School, was highlighted in several media outlets. Her research found that patients whose nearest emergency department (ED) was on divert for 12 or more hours on the day they suffered AMI had a mortality rate 2.8 percentage points higher than those patients whose nearest ED was not on divert the day of their heart attack. This finding has generated significant interest and visibility in the media: