A retrospective chart review was conducted for a sample of LTC residents transferred by ambulance to the ED of an academic, tertiary care hospital over a 1-year period. All emergency physicians working at the institution were invited to complete an online questionnaire about information included in LTC transfer documentation and information required by emergency physicians to provide care for LTC patients.
Of the 200 charts reviewed, the most common information transferred to the ED with the LTC patient was the patient’s past medical history (n=184, 92.0%), name of family physician (n=182, 91.0%), a list of known allergies (n=179, 89.5%), the reason for transfer to the ED (n=155, 77.5%), the patient’s emergency contact information (n=152, 76.0%), and medication administration record (n=150, 75.0%). From a physician’s perspective, the most frequently requested pieces of information included reason for transfer, past medical history, cognitive status, advanced directives for level of care and resuscitation, and the patient’s emergency contact information. This information was provided 77.5% (n=155), 92.0% (n=184), 24.0% (n=48), 62.0% (n=124), and 76.0% (n=152) of the time, respectively.