Lucky Plaza accident: Facilities determine where heart attack victims are taken

Patients taken by ambulance to a hospital best equipped to treat them, like NUH

A 2011 file photo of a paramedic and a trainee demonstrating how an electrocardiogram is performed on a patient. NUH is one of just two places here which can deal with even the most complex heart problems at any time, day or night. The other is Natio
A 2011 file photo of a paramedic and a trainee demonstrating how an electrocardiogram is performed on a patient. NUH is one of just two places here which can deal with even the most complex heart problems at any time, day or night. The other is National Heart Centre at the SGH campus.ST FILE PHOTO

It is not always distance that determines which hospital should treat a patient in a critical condition.

It is the facilities which offer that patient the best chance of survival.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2020, with the headline 'Facilities determine where heart attack victims are taken'. Subscribe