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Conditions for the Transfer of Patients with Cranial Trauma to the University Hospital Center of Brazzaville

The aim of this study was to assess the conditions under which patients suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), initially admitted to a peripheral hospital, were cared for and then transferred to the emergency department of the University Hospital Center (UHC) of Brazzaville. We conducted a descriptive study, with a prospective data collection, from March to August 2021, i.e., a period of six months, in the emergency department of the UHC of Brazzaville. We included all adult patients referred from another hospital and who had consented to participate in the study. The variables studied were related to the care at the secondary hospital and the conditions of transfer to the emergency department of the UHC of Brazzaville. We selected 150 cases of TBI, including 43 cases (28.7%) from a peripheral hospital. The age was between 18 and 40 years old in 104 cases (69.3%), a sex ratio of 4. The Glasgow coma scale from periphal hospital was between 13-15 in 7 cases (16.3%) and unspecified in 30 cases (69.7 %). The parameters regarding peripheral oxygen saturation were unspecified in 76.7%, blood pressure was unspecified in 72.1%. The mode of transport used during the transfer was ambulance in 23 cases (53.6%), followed by taxi in 14 cases (32.6%) and personal vehicle in 5 cases (11.6%). Information relating to the initial management of patients is insufficient. Transfer conditions are poorly coordinated. Strengthening inter-hospital cooperation and developing teleconsultation can help improve the quality of transfers.

Cranial Trauma, Transfer, Brazzaville

Ekouele Mbaki Hugues Brieux, Bianza Eloïse Marthe Anasthasia, Elombila Marie, Tiafumu Konde Christ Arnaud, Mbou Essie Darius Eryx, et al. (2023). Conditions for the Transfer of Patients with Cranial Trauma to the University Hospital Center of Brazzaville. International Journal of Neurosurgery, 7(2), 32-35.

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