Mass Transfer of Pediatric Tertiary Care Hospital Inpatients to a New Location in Under 12 Hours Lessons Learned and Implications for Disaster Prepar
Fuzak, J. K., Elkon, B.D., Hampers, L.C., et al. (2010). Mass Transfer of Pediatric Tertiary Care Hospital Inpatients to a New Location in Under 12 Hours: Lessons Learned and Implications for Disaster Preparedness. (Abstract only.) The Journal of Pediatrics. 157(1):138-143 e2.
The authors retrospectively evaluated the transfer of 111 patients 8.5 miles in 11.6 hours along parallel (vs series) circuits, allowing simultaneous movement of patients from different areas. The transfers were accomplished using 13 critical care teams, five general crews, two vans, and four other vehicles. This experience demonstrates the safety and efficiency of transferring patients in a parallel fashion.