Emergency illustrates flaws in California on-call system
San Diego Union-Tribune, January 9, 2008
One patient's struggle to receive care for his severed hand reflects the flaws in the on-call system in California. Patient advocates are arguing for hospitals to electronically list the gastroenterologists, heart surgeons and other specialists guaranteed to be ready for emergency calls. Then paramedics could avoid taking patients to hospitals that can't promptly care for them.
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