The percent of hospitals with an Emergency Department (ED) in the state or territory that have written interfacility transfer agreements that cover pediatric patients.
Goal for Performance Measure by 2021
90% of hospitals in the state or territory have written interfacility transfer agreements that cover pediatric patients.
Why This Measure Matters
In the event that a facility receives a critical pediatric patient that they are unable/unequipped to adequately care for, they need to transfer this patient to a facility able to better manage that patient, and they need to do so as quickly as possible. By having pre-written pediatric transfer agreements, facilities will be able to efficiently and expediently achieve this transfer while minimizing confusion and delay to establish a cooperative working relationship with tertiary pediatric care centers in their region.