Fundamentally, emergency medical services (EMS) specialize in triage, with a goal of getting the right patient to the right place in the right amount of time. This art of triage may bypass the closest facility for the most appropriate facility and, when performed correctly, improves outcomes after trauma,1 acute myocardial infarction,2 and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.3 Proper EMS triage can be the most cost-effective strategy in developing systems of care and is favored over creation of additional specialty-receiving facilities.4
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McMullan J, Khatri P. Getting the Right Patient to the Right Place in the Right Amount of Time—A Role for Both Mobile Stroke Units and Prehospital Clinical Scales. JAMA Neurol. Published online September 03, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.2839
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