Interhospital transfer patients discharged by academic hospitalists and general internists: characteristics and outcomes.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Although interhospital transfers are considered risky, they are not well characterized. This analysis of inpatient records found that even after adjustment for illness severity and patient characteristics, transferred patients had a higher risk of death compared with patients admitted through the emergency department. This finding should prompt prospective study of transfers to elucidate and address safety vulnerabilities.