Delayed hospital transfers put cardiac patients at risk

Patients who present at peripheral centres have a five times higher risk of contracting hospital-related infections while awaiting cardiothoracic surgery than if they present at a tertiary centre, Victorian researchers report.

Their study of 230 patients at three hospitals shows those who presented at a peripheral centre like Frankston waited an average of five days longer for transfer to cardiothoracic surgery than those who presented at a tertiary centre like the Alfred.