In Illinois, Transportation Of Patients Did Not Fit Into The Designated Period Of Time – Part 3 of 3
Those who did make it within the two-hour window were the most severely injured, indicating that trauma professionals were making the lucid decisions when triaging patients. These patients were also more likely to die, likely a reflection of how seriously they were injured.
Transferring patients is actually a fairly complicated process, with many variables playing into how rapidly the job gets done. For instance, professionals have to decide how the transfer is going to happen, via ambulance or helicopter.
So “If it’s an ambulance, you might have deserts and mountains to deal with. If it snows, helicopters are not extraordinarily helpful”. Needless to say, many of these factors just aren’t under the control of EMTs and doctors. “I think the directive needs to be modified to something as generic as ‘in an fast fashion’ or ‘in an appropriate timely fashion,'” Esposito said online. “You’ve got to give the physician a little bit of credit to figure out who’s sick or not sick”.