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TRANSPORT: Mayo Clinic improved ICU to OR transports

Patient transportation from critical care unit to the operating room was studied over the 2006 to 2010 period.  During this period there were 1,557 such transfers, some done in the existing traditional way, others according to a new coordinated patient transport system (CPTS).  The transfers studied were only those involving the first surgical case of the day.  Here are the findings:

  • “We report a significant improvement in on-time OR starts when a CPTS is used for all ICU patients who require surgery as a first case of the day.  A CPTS resulted in a fourfold improvement in one-time OR start percentage.” (page 359).

The difference between the traditional patient transport and the new CPTS are described in this article.

Source: Brown, M.J., Kor, D.J., Curry, T.B., and others. (2015, Nov.-Dec.). A coordinated patient transport system for ICU patients requiring surgery: Impact on operating room efficiency and ICU workflow. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(6), 354-362. Link to publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/jhqonline/Abstract/2015/11000/A_Coordinated_Patient_Transport_System_for_ICU.4.aspx Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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