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Interfacility transfer

Sarah M Bartsch, Susan S Huang, James A McKinnell, Kim F Wong, Leslie E Mueller, Loren G Miller, Bruce Y Lee
OBJECTIVE While previous work showed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toolkit for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) can reduce spread regionally, these interventions are costly, and decisions makers want to know whether and when economic benefits occur. DESIGN Economic analysis SETTING Orange County, California METHODS Using our Regional Healthcare Ecosystem Analyst (RHEA)-generated agent-based model of all inpatient healthcare facilities, we simulated the implementation of the CRE toolkit (active screening of interfacility transfers) in different ways and estimated their economic impacts under various circumstances...
March 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
P Burgueño, C González, A Sarralde, F Gordo
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support is indicated in patients who are refractory to treatment, those with cardiogenic shock or respiratory failure and those with exacerbations eligible for heart and lung transplantation. Physician experience and quantity of necessary resources are reasons why regionalization could benefit patients of this kind, establishing ECMO reference centers and integrating a transportation network specialized in ECMO. This type of transportation is a challenge for healthcare systems and physicians, given its greater complexity, requiring a multidisciplinary and inter-territorial approach...
March 1, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Samantha W Gee, Philip L Holt, Michael J Stoner
INTRODUCTION: Critically ill children who require transfer to tertiary care centers often require transport by specialized transport teams (TT). These interfacility transports require a medical control physician (MCP). Traditionally this role is assigned to fellows who are taught "on-the-job", but achieving competency in communication for those trained this way may not be optimal. We sought to close this curriculum gap by developing a MCP training program immersing emergency medicine (EM) and critical care (CC) fellows together with TT members to manage a simulated patient...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
Christine M Leeper, Christine McKenna, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Hypotension is a late finding in pediatric shock despite significant blood loss; consequently, recognition of hemodynamic compromise can be delayed. We sought to describe the impact of late stage shock in children, indicated by hypotension or trauma bay blood transfusion, and quantify the association with poor outcome. METHODS: Children age<18 from the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcome Study registry (2000-2013) were included. Primary outcome was mortality...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Nichole Bosson, Terrence Baruch, William J French, Andrea Fang, Amy H Kaji, Marianne Gausche-Hill, Alisa Rock, David Shavelle, Joseph L Thomas, James T Niemann
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the first-medical-contact-to-balloon (FMC2B) time after implementation of a "Call 911" protocol for ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) interfacility transfers in a regional system. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients with STEMI requiring interfacility transfer from a STEMI referring hospital, to one of 35 percutaneous coronary intervention-capable STEMI receiving centers (SRCs)...
December 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
Anthony A Sochet, Kelsey S Ryan, Jennifer L Bartlett, Thomas A Nakagawa, Ladonna Bingham
OBJECTIVES: To determine if standardization of pediatric interfacility transport handover is associated with the development of a prototypical shared mental model between healthcare providers. DESIGN: A single center, prepost, retrospective cohort study. SETTINGS: A 259-bed, tertiary care, pediatric referral center. PATIENTS: Children 0 to 18 years old transferred to our critical care units or emergency center from October 2016 to February 2017...
February 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Evan S Snitkin, Sarah Won, Ali Pirani, Zena Lapp, Robert A Weinstein, Karen Lolans, Mary K Hayden
Development of effective strategies to limit the proliferation of multidrug-resistant organisms requires a thorough understanding of how such organisms spread among health care facilities. We sought to uncover the chains of transmission underlying a 2008 U.S. regional outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae by performing an integrated analysis of genomic and interfacility patient-transfer data. Genomic analysis yielded a high-resolution transmission network that assigned directionality to regional transmission events and discriminated between intra- and interfacility transmission when epidemiologic data were ambiguous or misleading...
November 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
Eric Kuncir, Dean Spencer, Kelly Feldman, Cristobal Barrios, Kenneth Miller, Stephanie Lush, Matthew Dolich, Michael Lekawa
BACKGROUND: Interfacility transfer of under-triaged patients to higher level trauma centers has been found to result in a delay of appropriate care and increase in mortality. To address this, for the last 10 years, our region has utilized 911 EMS paramedics for rapid re-triage of under-triaged patients to our institution's Level I trauma center. We sought to determine if utilizing 911 EMS for re-triage (911-RT) to our institution was associated with worse outcomes-with mortality as the primary outcome-compared to direct EMS transport from point of injury...
September 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Brad J Kolls, Brian E Mace, Keith E Dombrowski
BACKGROUND: Despite data indicating the importance of continuous video-electroencephalography (cvEEG) monitoring, adoption has been slow outside major academic centers. Barriers to adoption include the need for technologists, equipment, and cvEEG readers. Advancements in lower-cost lead placement templates and commercial systems with remote review may reduce barriers to allow community centers to implement cvEEG. Here, we report our experience, lessons learned, and financial impact of implementing a community hospital cvEEG-monitoring program...
October 24, 2017: Neurocritical Care
Genevieve L Buser, P Maureen Cassidy, Margaret C Cunningham, Susan Rudin, Andrea M Hujer, Robert Vega, Jon P Furuno, Steven H Marshall, Paul G Higgins, Michael R Jacobs, Meredith S Wright, Mark D Adams, Robert A Bonomo, Christopher D Pfeiffer, Zintars G Beldavs
OBJECTIVE To determine the scope, source, and mode of transmission of a multifacility outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Acinetobacter baumannii. DESIGN Outbreak investigation. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Residents and patients in skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute-care hospital, and acute-care hospitals. METHODS A case was defined as the incident isolate from clinical or surveillance cultures of XDR Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to imipenem or meropenem and nonsusceptible to all but 1 or 2 antibiotic classes in a patient in an Oregon healthcare facility during January 2012-December 2014...
November 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Lianne Jeffs, Marianne Saragosa, Madelyn P Law, Kerry Kuluski, Sherry Espin, Jane Merkley
A qualitative design was used to explore the nature of caregiver involvement in care transitions of patients being transferred from an acute care hospital to a rehabilitation hospital. Participants included older adults (n=13), informal caregivers (n=9), and health care professionals (n=50) from inpatient orthopedic units in two academic health science centers and one orthopedic inpatient rehabilitation unit. Semistructured interviews were conducted, audio-taped, and transcribed. Directed content analysis revealed the following four themes: watching, being an active care provider, advocating, and navigating the health care system...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
Kristy Kummerow Broman, Sharon E Phillips, Jesse M Ehrenfeld, Mayur B Patel, Oscar M Guillamondegui, Kenneth W Sharp, Richard A Pierce, Benjamin K Poulose, Michael D Holzman
Surgeons perceive that some surgical transfers are futile, but the incidence and risk factors of futile transfer are not quantified. Identifying futile interfacility transfers could save cost and undue burdens to patients and families. We sought to describe the incidence and factors associated with futile transfers. We conducted a retrospective cohort study from 2009 to 2013 including patients transferred to a tertiary referral center for general or vascular surgical care. Futile transfers were defined as resulting in death or hospice discharge within 72 hours of transfer without operative, endoscopic, or radiologic intervention...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
Lee Squitieri, David A Ganz, Carol M Mangione, Jack Needleman, Patrick S Romano, Debra Saliba, Clifford Y Ko, Daniel A Waxman
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) are publicly reported in the USA and used to adjust Medicare payment to acute inpatient facilities. Current methods used to identify HAPIs in administrative claims rely on hospital-reported present-on-admission (POA) data instead of prior patient health information. OBJECTIVE: To study the reliability of claims data for HAPIs and pressure injury (PI) stage by evaluating diagnostic coding agreement across interfacility transfers...
July 28, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
Chris A Rees, Stephanie Pryor, Ben Choi, Mamata V Senthil, Nicholas Tsarouhas, Sage R Myers, Michael C Monuteaux, Richard G Bachur, Joyce Li
BACKGROUND: Disparities exist in the care children receive in the emergency department (ED) based on their insurance type. It is unknown if these differences exist among children transferred from outside EDs to pediatric tertiary care EDs. OBJECTIVE: To compare reasons for transfer and services received at pediatric tertiary care EDs between children with private and public insurance. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of a multicenter survey of ED providers transferring patients to pediatric tertiary care EDs in three major U...
December 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Andrea Lynn Genovesi, Lenora M Olson, Russell Telford, Diana Fendya, Ellen Schenk, Theresa Morrison-Quinata, Elizabeth A Edgerton
OBJECTIVE: Every year, emergency medical services agencies transport approximately 150,000 pediatric patients between hospitals. During these transitions of care, patient safety may be affected and contribute to adverse events when important clinical information is missing, incomplete, or inaccurate. Written interfacility transfer policies are one way to standardize procedures and facilitate communication between the hospitals leading to improved patient safety and satisfaction for children and families...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
David N Ranney, Desiree Bonadonna, Babatunde A Yerokun, Michael S Mulvihill, Nawar Al-Rawas, Michael Weykamp, Rathnayaka M Gunasingha, Raquel R Bartz, John C Haney, Mani A Daneshmand
BACKGROUND: The number of adults referred to high-volume centers for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasing. Outcomes of patients requiring transport are not well characterized, and referral guidelines are lacking. This study describes the experience and outcomes of a single high-volume center. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed that included adults undergoing ECMO between June 2009 and December 2015. Patient characteristics and outcomes were acquired from the medical record...
November 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Samiksha Singh, Pat Doyle, Oona Mr Campbell, Laura Oakley, Gv Ramana Rao, Gvs Murthy
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the proportion of interfacility transfers (IFTs) transported by '108' ambulances and to compare the characteristics of the IFTs and non-IFTs to understand the pattern of use of '108' services for pregnant women in India. DESIGN: A cross-sectional analysis of '108' ambulance records from five states for the period April 2013 to March 2014. Data were obtained from the call centre database for the pregnant women, who called '108'. MAIN OUTCOMES: Proportion of all pregnancies and institutional deliveries in the population who were transported by '108', both overall and for IFT...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
Jennifer L Rosenthal, Patrick S Romano, Jolene Kokroko, Wendi Gu, Megumi J Okumura
BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients can present to a medical facility and subsequently be transferred to a different hospital for definitive care. Interfacility transfers require a provider handoff across facilities, posing risks that may affect patient outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to describe the thoroughness of information transmission between providers during interfacility transfers, to describe perceived errors in care at the posttransfer facility, and to identify potential associations between thoroughness of information transmission and perceived errors in care...
June 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
Jennifer L Rosenthal, Su-Ting T Li, Lenore Hernandez, Michelle Alvarez, Roberta S Rehm, Megumi J Okumura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) have frequent hospitalizations and high specialty care utilization. If they initially present to a medical facility not capable of providing their definitive care, these children often experience an interfacility transfer. This transition has potential to impose hardships on familial caregivers. The goal of this study was to explore family-physician interactions during interfacility transfers from the perspectives of referring and accepting physicians and familial caregivers, and then develop a conceptual model for effective patient- and family-centered interfacility transfers that leverages the family-physician interaction...
June 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
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