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Arch Dis Child. 2009 Apr;94(4):282-6. doi: 10.1136/adc.2007.125211. Epub 2008 Oct 16.

Analysis of the retrieval times of a centralised transport service, New South Wales, Australia.

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  • 1NETS, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the transport times of immediate and emergency retrievals for neonatal and paediatric patients retrieved by ground and air from general hospitals to tertiary centres.

DESIGNS:

We conducted a database review of the records of 17 011 requests for retrieval to a centralised transport service in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia from 2000 to 2006.

RESULTS:

Immediate and emergency retrievals included 4575 (43.7%) neonatal and 5887 (56.3%) paediatric retrievals. The median stabilisation time was 97 min for neonatal compared with 50 min for paediatric retrievals. Neonatal retrievals had a significantly longer stabilisation time (approx x2), handover time (approx x1.2) and mission time (approx x1.3) compared to paediatric retrievals.

CONCLUSIONS:

Establishing reference times for the transport process is a valuable quality assurance tool. Such data will be valuable for staff and budgeting purposes and for evaluating new interventions that reduce retrieval times.

PMID:
18927147
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