This was a 3-year observational study. Departure intervals of ambulances, according to age of patients, were analyzed and a multivariate analysis, according to time of day and suspected medical problem, was performed.
A total of 44,113 missions were included, 2,417 (5.5%) in the pediatric group. Mean departure delay for the adult group was 152.9 seconds, whereas it was 149.3 ... [Show full abstract] seconds for the pediatric group (P =.018).
A statistically significant departure interval difference between missions for children and adults was found. The difference, however, probably was not significant from a clinical point of view (four seconds). Schnegg B , Pasquier M , Carron PN , Yersin B , Dami F . Prehospital Emergency Medical Services departure interval: does patient age matter? Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016;31(6):1-6.