Capacity-related interfacility patient transports: patients affected, wait times involved and associated morbidity.

@article{Stolte2006CapacityrelatedIP,
  title={Capacity-related interfacility patient transports: patients affected, wait times involved and associated morbidity.},
  author={Esther Stolte and Rod Iwanow and C. A. Hall},
  journal={CJEM},
  year={2006},
  volume={8 4},
  pages={262-8}
}
OBJECTIVES The trend toward operating Canadian hospitals at full capacity necessitates in some settings the transfer of patients from one hospital's emergency department (ED) to another hospital for admission, due to lack of bed availability at the first hospital. Our objectives were to determine how many and which patients are transported, to measure how much time is spent in the peri-transport process and to document any morbidity or mortality associated with these periods of transitional… CONTINUE READING

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