For six weeks in early March, 911 calls for emergency medical services in the U.S. declined, but cases where people died after calling increased exponentially, indicating the emergencies were more serious, a new study shows.
The study, published in Academic Emergency Medicine, included a retrospective analysis of patient care records submitted by more than 10,000 EMS agencies in 47 U.S. states and territories. Researchers gathered the data from the National Emergency Medical Services Information System database. They examined data for the six-week period beginning March 2 for 2020 and the two years prior.
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