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Evaluating delays for emergent CT scans from a rural British Columbia hospital

Canadian Journal for Emergency Medicine

Authors: Adam Watchorn, Jason Curran, Zoe Evans, Vanessa Wong
Publication date: September 2021


Timely access to a CT scan is critical to diagnose and triage patients with life-threatening illnesses. In British Columbia, only 3 percent of rural hospitals have access to a local CT scanner, and patients in these communities must often be transferred hundreds of kilometres away for emergent imaging. This prospective cohort study investigates how many transfers from Golden and District Hospital were for CT scans over a one-year time period, and describes the time delays to emergent CT imaging.

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