Ask HRC: Managing Risks of Round-Trip Transfers

September 9, 2008 | Health System Risk Management


Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) System member recently asked for guidance in reducing risks associated with round-trip patient transfers. For example, a patient in a small hospital may need to be transferred to another facility for a diagnostic imaging exam. The patient would then be returned to the original hospital.

Such transfers, which entail multiple patient hand-offs, expose patients to the risk that their physiologic monitoring needs will not be met, treatment will be interrupted, or that important information will not be communicated to interim caregivers. The patient’s physical and clinical safety needs...

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