Journal article

Unexpected events during the intrahospital transport of critically ill patients

Jonathan PN Papson, Kassandra L Russell, David McD Taylor

ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine unexpected events (UEs) that occur during the intrahospital transport of critically ill emergency department patients. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of consecutive intrahospital transports between March 2003 and June 2004. The escorting emergency physician completed the data collection document either during or immediately after the transport. This document detailed equipment-related UEs, patient instability and invasive line-related UEs, whether the UEs required intervention, and whether the UEs were potentially life threatening (serious UEs). RESULTS: Of 339 transports observed, 230 (67.9%; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 62.6% to 72.7%) were ass..

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