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The Effect of Treatment Delays Associated with Inpatient Inter-hospital Transfer from Peripheral to Tertiary Hospitals for the Surgical Treatment of Cardiology Patients.

S Prabhu, D Blusztein, D Jackson, M Sharma, S Arunothayaraj, MB Stokes, A Kras, H Yi, L Kong, K Haji, K Peck, JM Casan, GD Toogood

Heart Lung Circ | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: Nearly 100,000 presentations to non-tertiary hospitals per year result in an inpatient transfer [1]. The timely inter-hospital transfer of patients for cardiothoracic surgery is significant to their overall outcomes. We hypothesised that patients with a prolonged pre-operative admission were at risk of nosocomial infection, leading to prolonged hospitalisation, morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Patients admitted to a non-tertiary centre (Frankston Hospital, Group 1) and requiring transfer to tertiary centres for cardiac surgery were compared to patients presenting directly to tertiary centres (Alfred Hospital, Group 2; St Vincent's Hospital, Group 3) from June 2011-July 2012. Dat..

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