UMEM Educational Pearls

A small study retrospectively looking at recorded calls to a level 1 trauma center transfer line specifically looking at patients who died or were discharged to hospice without surgical intervention found only 10% had goals of care discussed prior to transfer. Most were brain hemorrhage patients. 
As a transferring facility, clearly outlining goals of care and addressing futility of care can have a major impact on trauma transfers and the cost and family burden associated with transfers.


Goals of care are rarely discussed prior to potentially futile trauma transfer: Is it okay to say “No”?

Trenga-Schein, Nellie BA; Zonies, David MD, MPH, MBA, FACS, FCCM, FACHE; Cook, Mackenzie MD, FACS

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 96(4):p 583-588, April 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/TA.0000000000004215