TABLE 2

Profile of the Transferred Pediatric Patients of the Interviewees

CharacteristicPediatric Patients (N = 25)
Patient characteristics
 Age, mean (95% CI), y12 (9–14)
 Female sex8 (32.0)
 Medicare or Medicaid10 (40.0)
No. of complex chronic conditions
 011 (44.0)
 16 (24.0)
 ≥28 (32.0)
 Home-to-hospital distance, mean (95% CI),a miles99 (65–132)
 Transported distance, mean (95% CI),b miles72 (44–100)
Originating unit typec
 Clinic4 (16.0)
 Emergency department12 (48.0)
 Inpatient ward9 (36.0)
Posttransfer service
 Hospitalist9 (36.0)
 Transplant7 (28.0)
 Pediatric surgery5 (20.0)
 Hematology-oncology2 (8.0)
 Neurosurgery1 (4.0)
 Cardiology1 (4.0)
  • Data are presented as n (%) unless otherwise indicated. CI, confidence interval.

  • a Refers to the distance between the patient’s home and the accepting, posttransfer hospital.

  • b Refers to the distance between the referring, pretransfer hospital and the accepting, posttransfer hospital.

  • c Refers to the type of unit from which the patient was transferred while at the referring, pretransfer hospital.