Study questions ED transfers

By Maureen Leahy

Finds half of orthopaedic ED transfers inappropriate

More than half of the patients transferred from surrounding hospitals to a Level I trauma center could have been treated locally, and nearly 60 percent of the patients transferred were uninsured, said Nikhil A. Thakur, MD, who presented the results of a study on the issue at the 2010 AAOS Annual Meeting.

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