When a patient needs to be given to EMS for transfer to another facility, it is important to have a solid hand-off. The last podcast was about the EMS to ED hand-off process and it was the most popular podcast to date. With paramedic Geoff Horning the discussion continues with his thoughts about how EMS and ED can work together to make an even better transfer of care.
Geoff Horning, pictured above, mentioned the three most important points for the ED to tell EMS. These points are patient condition, reason for transfer, and main concerns during transfer. More details are given on these points in the podcast itself.
It is worth reflecting on the last podcast's post information given by ACEP on their site. They mention the aspects for an appropriate transfer for care for a patient between EMS providers and receiving facilities. A few quick reminders are that we are supposed to work as a team, all pertinent information should be given at hand-off, this hand-off occur in a timely manner, and that all the key players should be involved with this patient during the transfer of care. Do not forget to give all documents and labs to EMS so they may give it to the receiving facility.
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