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Strunk Hospital's much applauded increase in emergency room efficiency due to its new procedures for handling trauma patients does not withstand careful analysis. Strunk Hospital's average time before treatment for all emergency room patients is nearly 40minutes - the highest in the city. And for trauma victims the situation is even worse: the average time before treatment is nearly half an hour - more than twice the city average.

Which of the following, if true, would be most damaging to the conclusion about the value of the new procedures.


A. The cities with the most efficient emergency rooms utilizes the same procedures for handling trauma victims as does Strunk Hospital

B. Because trauma patients account for a large percentage of emergency room patients, procedures that hasten their treatment will likely significantly increase overall emergency room efficiency.

C. After the new procedures went into effect, Strunk's average time before treatment for emergency room patients dropped by 35%

D. Due to differences in localization and size of staff, not all emergency rooms can expected to reach similar levels of efficiency.

E. The recently hired administrators who instituted the new procedures also increased Strunk's emergency room staff by 15%
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Strunk Hospital's much applauded increase in emergency room efficiency due to its new procedures for handling trauma patients does not withstand careful analysis. Strunk Hospital's average time before treatment for all emergency room patients is nearly 40minutes - the highest in the city. And for trauma victims the situation is even worse: the average time before treatment is nearly half an hour - more than twice the city average.

Which of the following, if true, would be most damaging to the conclusion about the value of the new procedures.

A. The cities with the most efficient emergency rooms utilizes the same procedures for handling trauma victims as does Strunk Hospital
B. Because trauma patients account for a large percentage of emergency room patients, procedures that hasten their treatment will likely significantly increase overall emergency room efficiency.
C. After the new procedures went into effect, Strunk's average time before treatment for emergency room patients dropped by 35%
D. Due to differences in localization and size of staff, not all emergency rooms can expected to reach similar levels of efficiency.
E. The recently hired administrators who instituted the new procedures also increased Strunk's emergency room staff by 15%

OA: C



We have to support an option which says that "the efficiency/treatment time has improved" and we have to weaken the conclusion given in the argument.

From the argument "applauded increase in emergency room efficiency" due to its new procedures for handling trauma...

It's the RELATIVE increase in the performance.. so comparison with absolute efficiency with other hospitals in out of the question and option C does the same.
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sh00nya wrote:
Strunk Hospital's much applauded increase in emergency room efficiency due to its new procedures for handling trauma patients does not withstand careful analysis. Strunk Hospital's average time before treatment for all emergency room patients is nearly 40minutes - the highest in the city. And for trauma victims the situation is even worse: the average time before treatment is nearly half an hour - more than twice the city average.

Which of the following, if true, would be most damaging to the conclusion about the value of the new procedures.

A. The cities with the most efficient emergency rooms utilizes the same procedures for handling trauma victims as does Strunk Hospital
B. Because trauma patients account for a large percentage of emergency room patients, procedures that hasten their treatment will likely significantly increase overall emergency room efficiency.
C. After the new procedures went into effect, Strunk's average time before treatment for emergency room patients dropped by 35%
D. Due to differences in localization and size of staff, not all emergency rooms can expected to reach similar levels of efficiency.
E. The recently hired administrators who instituted the new procedures also increased Strunk's emergency room staff by 15%

OA: C

A. procedure utilization is not concern of the argument.
B. this will strengthen the argument if any, by showing that efficiency is reduced no matter whatever the reason.
D. reasoning similar to B
E. irrelevant to the argument.
C. if C is correct then the argument will be weaken by showing that overall efficiency has increased.
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