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New Study Identifies Hospital Strategies for Reducing Heart Attack Mortality

If hospitals across the country adopted a set of low-risk, low-cost strategies for reducing deaths from heart attack, thousands of lives could be saved annually, according to new research published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The Commonwealth Fund–supported study, conducted by Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D., and colleagues, shows that communication and problem-solving can play an important role in limiting these deaths. Among the strategies they identify are holding monthly meetings between hospital clinicians and emergency medical services to review cases, always having a cardiologist on site, and fostering an environment that encourages creative problem-solving.

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