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Dev Neurorehabil. 2009 Jun;12(3):158-63. doi: 10.1080/17518420902822054.

Development and evaluation of a minimum data set for children with airway support for transfers between acute and post-acute care.

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Franciscan Hospital for Children, Boston, MA 02135, USA.



To generate consensus on the reasons why children with airway support transfer between acute and post-acute care; develop a minimum data set to transmit between care settings; and examine transfer reports to determine the frequency of data set content.


Two consensus development meetings were conducted of acute and post-acute care professionals to identify reasons for transfer and develop the minimum data set. A content analysis was used to generate the frequency of inclusion of minimum data set elements in the narrative reports of 15 acute to post-acute and 15 post-acute to acute transfer summaries. The observed frequencies were compared with the expected frequencies (95%), as were frequencies between the two groups.


Advanced diagnostic assessment and unexpected changes in medical, surgical and mental health conditions were the primary reasons for transfer from post-acute to acute care. For transfers in both directions, 20 of the 34 data elements were present in <75% of the cases and were statistically different than the pre-set 95% standard. No statistical difference in the occurrence of data elements between transfer directions existed.


A minimum data set has the potential to reduce redundancy, improve safety and optimize care co-ordination between facilities for children with airway support.

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