Going Abroad?

15 Nov

You might be surprised by how long it takes for medical assistance to arrive in some countries.

The period immediately following a suspected heart attack is critical and every second counts! A self administered dose of ‘immediate’ aspirin, taken after telephoning for an ambulance, could save your life and reduce subsequent damage to the heart muscle. Because most of us in the United Kingdom live in large conurbations we take it for granted that the time between onset of symptoms and contact with a first responder, usually an ambulance, will be short, not so in other parts of the world!  Below is a list of response times relating to many countries in Europe, you will probably be surprised and shocked!

Please Note: the figures shown are median times* within each country . The medians are stated because there are a large range of times around each median, with some very much longer times, and these would distort average times.

*  Found by arranging the values in order and then selecting the one in the middle.

Austria = 90 Minutes
Belgium = 180 Minutes
Croatia = 140 Minutes
Czech Republic = 150 Minutes
France = 68 Minutes
Germany = 100 Minutes
Greece = 180 Minutes
Hungary = 210 Minutes
Italy = 117 Minutes
Israel = 90 Minutes
Lithuania = 60 Minutes
F.Y.R.Macedonia = 147 Minutes
Poland = 118 Minutes
Romania = 176 Minutes
Serbia = 60 Minutes
Slovakia = 175 Minutes
Slovenia = 97 Minutes
Spain = 118 Minutes
Sweden = 120 Minutes
Switzerland = 90 Minutes
UK = 68 Minutes

Data extracted from: European Heart Journal: Reperfusion therapy for ST elevation acute myocardial infarction in Europe: Description of the current situation in 30 countries. November 19th 2009. :

Petr Widimsky, William Wijns, Jean Fajadet, Mark de Belder, Jiri Knot, Lars Aaberge, George Andrikopoulos, Jose Antonio Baz, Amadeo Betriu, Marc Claeys, Nicholas Danchin, Slaveyko Djambazov, Paul Erne, Juha Hartikainen, Kurt Huber, Petr Kala, Milka Klinčeva, Steen Dalby Kristensen, Peter Ludman, Josephina Mauri Ferre, Bela Merkely, Davor Miličić, Joao Morais, Marko Noč, Grzegorz Opolski, Miodrag Ostojić, Dragana Radovanovič, Stefano De Servi, Ulf Stenestrand, Martin Studenčan, Marco Tubaro, Zorana Vasiljević, Franz Weidinger, Adam Witkowski.

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