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Ambulances take longer to arrive in low-income ZIP codes
A new analysis suggests that cardiac arrest patients who live in low-income areas might have to wait longer for an ambulance than their peers in wealthy areas. Researchers looked at 63,000 cardiac arrest calls in 2014 and broke them down by the median income in a given ZIP code. After controlling for other factors, the researchers found it took nearly four minutes longer for an ambulance to arrive in low-income ZIP codes than in high-income areas. “Given that whether or not a patient survives cardiac arrest can depend on a matter of minutes, even small delays in EMS response times may negatively alter patient outcomes,” the authors write.