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Safety Hazards During Intrahospital Transport: A Prospective Observational Study.

Journal article
Authors Lina Bergman
Monica Pettersson
Wendy Chaboyer
Eric Carlström
Mona Ringdal
Published in Critical care medicine
Volume 45
Issue 10
Pages e1043–e1049
ISSN 1530-0293
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages e1043–e1049
Language en
Subject categories Nursing


To identify, classify, and describe safety hazards during the process of intrahospital transport of critically ill patients.A prospective observational study. Data from participant observations of the intrahospital transport process were collected over a period of 3 months.The study was undertaken at two ICUs in one university hospital.Critically ill patients transported within the hospital by critical care nurses, unlicensed nurses, and physicians.None.Content analysis was performed using deductive and inductive approaches. We detected a total of 365 safety hazards (median, 7; interquartile range, 4-10) during 51 intrahospital transports of critically ill patients, 80% of whom were mechanically ventilated. The majority of detected safety hazards were assessed as increasing the risk of harm, compromising patient safety (n = 204). Using the System Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety, we identified safety hazards related to the work system, as follows: team (n = 61), tasks (n = 83), tools and technologies (n = 124), environment (n = 48), and organization (n = 49). Inductive analysis provided an in-depth description of those safety hazards, contributing factors, and process-related outcomes.Findings suggest that intrahospital transport is a hazardous process for critically ill patients. We have identified several factors that may contribute to transport-related adverse events, which will provide the opportunity for the redesign of systems to enhance patient safety.

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