Crandon, Ivor W.; Harding, Hyacinth E.; McDonald, Archibald H.; Bruce, C. A.; Ferron-Boothe, Doreen; Rhoden, Ann Marie; Meeks-Aitken, Nicola
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Transfer of Patients with Head Injury in Jamaica: Is There a Problem? [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Objective: To examine the reasons for transport time, method and circumstances, clinical status, surgical and intensive care needs and outcome of patients with head injury who were transferred from rural hospitals to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). (AU) Design and Method: This is a prospective descriptive analytical study. All head injured patients who were transferred to the UHWI during the three-year period from January 1998 to December 20, were identified from the prospectively collected data in the trauma registry of the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of the UHW. Data were expresses as frequencies or means with standard deviations as frequency or means with standard deviations as appropriate and were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 10.0. Conclusion: Transfer of patients with head injuries, many with multiple injuries, is not being performed in a manner consistent with modern medical practice. There is urgent need for implementation for a standardized protocol for the transfer of such patients within Jamaica.....