Heart Shocks Delayed in Some Hospitals

You may be more likely to survive a heart attack in a mall than in a hospital.

That, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, which reports response time for cardiac arrest patients is longer than it should be in hospitals.

One third of cardiac arrest patients in the hospital whose hearts stop don't get the shock that could save their lives in enough time.

Doctors recommend patients get defibrillation within two minutes. But many are having to wait longer, which causes brain damage or even death.

One local hospital says it is aware of the problem, and has enacted two programs to combat it.

One is a rapid response team made up of nurses to tend to a patient in trouble. The other is called a Code 99 team. Doctors and nurses can run to the patient and resuscitate him or her.

To try to save lives outside hospitals, defibrillators are several public places like shopping malls, schools, and airports.