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August 1974

Life Support Stations

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY

From the Cardiology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(2):234-239. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320200044004

A life support station (LSS), either mobile or fixed, may be established in areas of population density where patients with acute coronary attack or acute myocardial infarction can receive prompt medical care. The mobile LSS are represented by mobile coronary or intensive care unit. The fixed LSS are ideally established in the Emergency Departments of different hospitals. They may also be considered for the following locations: factories, large office buildings, metropolitan airports, large railroad stations, stadiums, and convention halls. The functions and potential advantages of a LSS include the following: initiation of early care with monitoring of the vital signs and electrocardiogram, prevention and management of serious cardiac arrhythmias, institution of cardiopulmonary resuscitation including defibrillation, stabilization of the patients' condition before transfer, and reduction of the incidence of cardiogenic shock and overall mortality.