Effects of an emergency transfer coordination center on secondary overtriage in an emergency department.

Affiliation

Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Patients who cannot be stabilized at a lower-level emergency department (ED) should be transferred to an upper-level ED by emergency medical services. However, some patients are subsequently discharged after transfer without any intervention or admission, and this secondary overtriage (SO) wastes the limited resources of upper-level EDs. This study aimed to investigate whether an emergency transfer coordination center (ETCC) could reduce the risk of SO among patients who were transferred to a tertiary ED by emergency medical services.

Keywords

Emergency transfer,Secondary overtriage,Transfer coordination,