- •Non-therapeutic transfers are common in rural settings, encompassing up to one-third of trauma transfers in this analysis.
- •Futile transfers were a small percentage of rural transfers, however they utilized a large amount of EMS and hospital resources, most commonly for severe traumatic brain injuries.
- •Non-therapeutic transfers resulted in EMS traveling 76 min and 70 miles to transport a patient to a receiving hospital.
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Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 5U54GM104942.
This work was presented as a quickshot during the 35th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly, Austin, TX, January 13, 2022.