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Inappropriate transfer of burn patients

from Annals of Plastic Surgery

Burn injuries have an annual incidence exceeding 40,000. The Burn Center Referral Criteria published by the American Burn Association (ABA) serve to guide health centers in determining appropriateness of patient transfer to a specialized center. With inappropriate transfer rates reaching up to 77%, reliance on the ABA criteria is critical as the decision to transfer a patient can impose significant costs to both the patient and healthcare system. The aim of this study is to evaluate the appropriateness of all burn patient transfers to a single burn center over a 5-year period and assess the potential role of telemedicine to optimize the assessment and care of this patient population. more

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