Characteristics and outcomes of patients requiring unplanned transfer from subacute to acute care.
Julie Considine, Marie Mohr, Rosemary Lourenco, Robynne Cooke, Mark Aitken
Int J Nurs Pract | Published : 2013
The study aims to identify the reasons for, and outcomes from, unplanned transfers from subacute care to acute care. A retrospective patient record review of patients requiring unplanned transfer from subacute to an acute care emergency department (ED) from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 was undertaken. Data collected included patient demographics, clinical characteristics in preceding transfer, and on ED arrival and outcome data. There were 136 patients included in the study with a median age of 81 years. The most common reasons for transfer were respiratory problems and altered conscious state. In the 24 h preceding transfer, 92.6% of patients had ≥ 1 physiological abnormality and 10.3% of pa..View full abstract