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Table 4 Adverse events during intra-hospital transports (N = 441 intra-hospital transports evaluated)

From: High incidence of adverse events during intra-hospital transport of critically ill patients and new related risk factors: a prospective, multicenter study in China

Adverse event Transportsa (n) Transports (%)
Total AEs 352 79.8
Equipment- or staff-related AEs 35 7.9
 Loss of monitor power 11 2.5
 Vascular tubing obstructed 4 0.9
 Disconnected or depleted of oxygen supply 9 2.0
 Loss of ventilator power 3 0.7
 Unexpected delay ≥15 minutes 8 1.8
 Other 4 0.9
Patient-related AEs (P-AEs) 349 79.4
 Vital sign–related P-AEsb 252 57.1
  RR abnormality or more severe 99 22.5
  HR abnormality or more severe 69 15.7
  SBP abnormality or more severe 78 17.7
  SpO2 abnormality or more severe 102 23.1
 Arterial blood gas analysis–related P-AEsb 207 46.9
  pH abnormality or more severe 53 12.0
  PaO2 abnormality or more severe 70 15.9
  PaCO2 abnormality or more severe 63 14.3
  HCO3 abnormality or more severe 36 8.2
  Lactate level abnormality or more severe 42 9.5
  Glucose level abnormality or more severe 39 8.8
 New-onset arrhythmia 3 0.7
 Anxiety 66 15.0
 Agitation 49 11.1
 Pain or discomfort 27 6.1
 Resistance to ventilation when intubated 54 12.2
 Accidental extubation 1 0.2
 Nausea or vomiting 2 0.5
 Airway obstruction 1 0.2
 Other 2 0.5
  1. AE adverse event, RR respiratory rate, HR heart rate, SBP systolic blood pressure, SpO 2 pulse oximetry, PaO 2 partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood, PaCO 2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide in arterial blood, HCO 3 bicarbonate level
  2. aNumber of transports with at least one AE
  3. bDefined as an AE associated with detection of abnormal or more severe monitored parameters during the intra-hospital transport (IHT) period and post-IHT period