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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2006;17(1): 51-57.
Are You Ready to Transport Your Seriously Ill Patient?
Eui Chung Kim, Young Soon Cho, Young Hwan Choi, Hyun Soo Chung, In Cheol Park, Hahn Shick Lee
Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. emer6657@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
ABSTRACT
PURPOSE:
This study is designed to evaluate the current situation of interhospital transports of critical ill patients requiring emergency care.
METHODS:
Using a clinical prospective 162 interhospital transports of ill patients by ambulance were evaluated in 2 hospitals. Patients were divided into severe & mild to moderate group by modified-ESI. We evaluated the state of patients, vital sign, monitoring of patient's state, hospitalization or transportation. Data were collected by mean of comprehensive form filled by a physician at the receiving hospital.
RESULTS:
The receiving hospital were notified prior to the transport in 57.4%. Pretransport information about the patients were adequate in 75% and no data in 9.9%. In 10.4% of the transports, the patients arrived at the receiving hospital in an agonized state. In 80.8% of the transports admitted and 7.4% of the patients were transfer to the other hospital.
CONCLUSION:
It appears that there are no established guidelines for the emergency transport of critical ill patients in Korea.
Key words: Patient transfer
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