Compliance with protocols in transferring emergency patients to a tertiary care centre

Armagan E., Al M., Engindeniz Z., Tokyay R.

INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED, vol.35, no.9, pp.857-863, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.injury.2003.09.038
  • Page Numbers: pp.857-863


Study objectives: We evaluated compliance with standard patient transfer protocols in a pre- and post-interventional, study among patients transferred from other hospitals to our tertiary care university hospital. Methods: In the first phase, transfer information was recorded on the arrival in 174 consecutive patients transferred to our emergency department (ED) over a 2-month period in 1999. Emergency caregivers throughout the province then received education about proper transfer procedures. This training was provided through monthly citywide co-ordination and co-operation meetings among the physicians of the emergency medical services (EMS) and the emergency departments of the hospitals in the city and the nearby counties. Fifteen months after the beginning of these educational efforts, the second observational phase was implemented. Over a period of 2 months in early 2001, information was recorded from 180 consecutive patients transferred to our ED. Presence of patient medical records, Laboratory results, and X-rays; clearly delineated reason for transfer; prior notification of transfer; and appropriate care during transport from the initial facility were the parameters compared in the pre- and post-intervention periods. Results: Patients in phase-II were found to have had more appropriate care in some respects, such as presence of cervical collar and proper airway management, during transport from the initial facility than patients in phased (P < 0.05). However, other parameters were not significantly different between the two phases. Conclusion: We have concluded that our monthly meetings and conferences have made a positive impact on compliance with some of the standard transfer protocols. We must however, continue our efforts to increase compliance with other aspects of standard patient transfer guidelines. (C) 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd.