This article reports the results of a descriptive study exploring adverse clinical events that occurred during a 6-month period for 3383 intrahospital transports of adult patients by a specialized team in one hospital setting. A retrospective chart review noted rates of clinically significant adverse events and types of events encountered, medical interventions, and outcomes associated with aborted transports.

The results showed a low rate of clinically significant adverse events at 1.7%. Overall, 67 events occurred in 59 transports, with the most common events (85%) related to either hypoxia or hypotension. Patients who experienced a clinically significant adverse event had a higher acuity level, with 71% being intubated, 41% had an arterial and central venous catheter, and 63% had at least 1 ongoing infusion of medication. Only 12 (20.3%) of the transports with adverse events were aborted, more often during magnetic resonance imaging (...

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