Translating Science into Better Patient Care in the ICU

The transfer from the ICU to another hospital ward can result in more adverse events because they go to a unit with less intensive care and less resources. Moving from one unit to another can also result in loss of information about the care received during the ICU. Critically ill older patients are at high risk of experiencing such an error or event.

The goal of this project was to describe the experiences and communication of stakeholders during patient transfer from ICU to hospital ward to identify opportunities to improve the process and aid in the development of an ICU discharge tool kit. Ten ICUs across Canada participated in the study, collecting information from patients, family members and health care providers.