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Editor's Correspondence
December 14, 2009

It Is Time to Get More Accurate Times to Defibrillation

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Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(22):2162-2166. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.451

The recent article by Chan et al1 finds wide variations in the incidence of delayed defibrillation among hospitals that are not adequately explained by hospital-level factors. The authors assume that these variations represent real differences in hospital performance and call for efforts to identify the approaches of top-performing hospitals so that other facilities may adopt them.

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