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Inter-hospital Communications and Transport: Turning One-way Funnels Into Two-way Networks

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The Inter-hospital Communications and Transport workgroup was charged with exploring the current status, barriers, and data necessary to optimize the initial destination and subsequent transfer of patients between and among acute care settings. The subtitle, “Turning Funnels Into Two-way Networks,” is descriptive of the approach that the workgroup took by exploring how and when smaller facilities in suburban, rural, and frontier areas can contribute to the daily business of caring for emergency patients across the lower-acuity spectrum—in some instances with consultant support from academic medical centers. It also focused on the need to identify high-acuity patients and expedite triage and transfer of those patients to facilities with specialty resources. Draft research recommendations were developed through an iterative writing process and presented to a breakout session of Academic Emergency Medicine’s 2010 consensus conference, “Beyond Regionalization: Integrated Networks of Emergency Care.” Priority research areas were determined by informal consensus of the breakout group. A subsequent iterative writing process was undertaken to complete this article. A number of broad research questions are presented.

ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2010; 17:1279–1285 © 2010 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00929.x

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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