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VOLUME 27 , ISSUE 8 ( August, 2023 ) > List of Articles


Delayed Transfer of Critically Ill Patients from Emergency Department to Intensive Care Unit

Shinto Bosco, Neeru Sahni, Arihant Jain, Pankaj Arora, Vipin Raj, Lakshminarayana Yaddanapudi

Keywords : Critically ill adults, Emergency service, Intensive care unit, Patient admission

Citation Information : Bosco S, Sahni N, Jain A, Arora P, Raj V, Yaddanapudi L. Delayed Transfer of Critically Ill Patients from Emergency Department to Intensive Care Unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2023; 27 (8):580-582.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24502

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-07-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Background and aim: Delay in the transfer of critically ill patients from the emergency department (ED) to intensive care units (ICUs) may worsen clinical outcomes. This prospective, observational study was done to find the incidence of delayed transfer. Materials and methods: After approval from the institute ethics committee and written informed consent, all patients admitted to ICU from ED over 6 months were divided into groups I and II as patients getting transferred to ICU within 30 minutes of the decision or not, respectively. The factors affecting the immediate transfer and clinical outcome of all patients were noted. Monthly feedback was given to the ED team. Results: Out of 52 ICU admissions from ED, 35 (67.3%) patients were not transferred within 30 minutes, and the most frequent factor preventing immediate transfer was ED-related (54%). A statistically significant difference was found in acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE II) score, clinical deterioration during transfer, longer duration of mechanical ventilation and length of stay, and higher mortality with patients transferred immediately to ICU. A reduction of 42.6% was noted in transfer time from the first month to the last month of study. Conclusion: The incidence of delayed transfer of patients from ED to ICU was 67.3% with ED-related factors being the most frequent cause of delay (54.2%).

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