Inter-hospital communication and transfer practices during COVID-19 Pandemic in Karachi, Pakistan. A brief overview

Inter-hospital communication & transfer practices during COVID-19

  • Saima Salman
  • Syed Ghazanfar Saleem
  • Adeel Khatri
  • Imran Jamal
  • Quratulain Maroof
  • Ashar Alam
Keywords: COVID 19, Pandemic, Referral systems, Emergency care

Abstract

Objective: To discuss the referral mechanisms established for safe and expeditious inter-facility transfer of COVID 19 positive patients to ensure their referrals through establishing proper communication channels.

Methods: Mobile phone and WhatsApp based groups, administrated by The Indus Hospital were established in April 2020. Through detailed reports and frequent communication, factors like bed and ventilator availability across these facilities are shared. Weekly reports through zoom meetings updating the key stake holders, discussion of problems faced and planning for the week ahead are also done.

Result: The establishment of these groups has been successful in ensuring referral to and from The Indus Hospital to various healthcare facilities across Karachi using appropriate ambulance services.

Conclusion: The development of referral mechanisms is the need of the day that has been highlighted through the COVID 19 pandemic. It is our hope that these mechanisms are sustained after the pandemic and result in improvement in patient outcome through proper referrals.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2803

How to cite this: Salman S, Saleem SG, Khatri A, Jamal I, Maroof Q, Alam A. Inter-hospital communication and transfer practices during COVID-19 Pandemic in Karachi, Pakistan. A brief overview. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S118-S120. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2803

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Published
2020-05-19
How to Cite
Salman, S., Saleem, S., Khatri, A., Jamal, I., Maroof, Q., & Alam, A. (2020). Inter-hospital communication and transfer practices during COVID-19 Pandemic in Karachi, Pakistan. A brief overview. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2803