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ICU to ICU transfers: what is your policy?

Sam Picone sam.picone at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 15:27:40 BST 2012


We also have the exact same policy. No questions asked transfer- Sam Picone 



On Apr 4, 2012, at 12:31 AM, "Errington Thompson" <errington at erringtonthompson.com> wrote:

> We accept all trauma/surgical critical care patients as long as we have ICU
> beds. If you can't or won't take care of the patient for whatever reason,
> we'll be happy to help. 
> 
> Errington C. Thompson, MD, FACS, FCCM
> Trauma Surgeon/Surgical Critical Care
> Radio Talk Show Host - Podcasts
> Asheville, NC  
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org [mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org]
> On Behalf Of Caesar Ursic
> Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 11:12 AM
> To: Trauma-List [TRAUMA.ORG]
> Subject: ICU to ICU transfers: what is your policy?
> 
> For those of you who work in designated/verified trauma centers:
> 
> What is your official policy (or your opinion if there is no actual policy
> where you are) on the transfer of trauma patients from *your* ICU (at a
> trauma center) to another ICU at an outside hospital that is *not* a trauma
> center?  Obviously I am speaking of transfers for reasons *other* than
> provision of higher level of care, i.e. you are transferring for non-medical
> reasons.  Perhaps the reason is that the family wants the patient to be
> closer to home, or perhaps the patient belongs to a hospital plan that, for
> financial reasons, prefers its patients to be treated at specific
> participating institutions which are NOT designated trauma centers.
> 
> Is it an acceptable risk to the patient to transfer him/her ICU to ICU when
> there is no *medical* need to do so? Or should the transfer wait until the
> patient is downgraded to "floor status," based on improvement of medical
> condition and acuity?
> 
> Many thanks,
> 
> C. Ursic, MD
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