Checklists Reduce Unexpected Events during Intrahospital Transport
October 17, 2012 | Risk Management News
The use of transport checklists can significantly reduce the rate of serious and other unexpected events during intrahospital transports, according to the results of a study published in the October 2012 issue of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The study, which analyzed 1,285 intrahospital transports originating from the emergency department of an urban tertiary teaching hospital, found that use of the checklists reduced the overall incidence of unexpected events from 36.8% to 22.1%. Furthermore, use of the checklists reduced the incidence of serious unexpected events related to clinical status from 9.1% to 5.2%.