Transfer of Care

Patients must sometimes be transferred from one medical care facility to another either within or outside of the EMS service area. These transfers must be made with maximum safety for the patient. Many problems can be avoided if both the transferring and the receiving medical facilities develop transfer agreements in advance. For example, the prospective agreement to accept a trauma patient decreases the time spent arranging for the transfer of a critical patient when necessary. The referring physician should be assured of receiving follow-up information about the patient, and the receiving physician should be assured of receiving all important information about the patient on arrival. Proper medical support en route should be ensured by establishing contact with the receiving center as soon as possible and having appropriate medical personnel accompany the patient.

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