REFLECTIONS FROM RESIDENCY
Prescription: Streamline patient transfer process
Complicated patients who require specialized clinical expertise or interventions unavailable at many smaller hospitals are often sent to large academic medical centers. Ironically, however, in seeking better care these “transfers” are often exposed to significant new risks in the very process of moving from one institution to the next. Smooth transitions in care depend on accurate transmission of crucial information, advance preparation for a patient’s arrival, and the presence of appropriate medical personnel with the requisite expertise.