VOLUME 54 | NUMBER 2 | APRIL 2019
Admitting privileges and hospitalbased care after presenting for abortion: A retrospective case series
Objective: To examine the pathways of care for abortion patients transferred or referred to emergency departments (EDs) or hospitals before and after abortionproviding physicians obtained hospital admitting privileges.
Data Sources: This case series was based on retrospective chart review at three abortion clinics in which physicians had obtained admitting privileges in the previous 5 years.
Study Design: We identified patients who were transferred or referred to a hospital or ED. Patients were grouped according to the pathway by which their care was transferred or referred to the ED/hospital.
Principal Findings: Both before and after admitting privileges, the majority of patients were referred to a hospital before the abortion was attempted and most were for suspected ectopic pregnancy or to perform the abortion in a hospital. Direct ambulance transfer from the facility to the ED/hospital was the least common pathway. We observed few changes in practice from before to after admitting privileges. Preexisting mechanisms of coordination and communication facilitated care that was tailored for the specific patient.
Conclusions: We did not find evidence that physician admitting privileges influenced the pathways through which abortion patients obtain hospitalbased care, as existing mechanisms of collaboration between hospitals and abortion facilities allowed for management of patients who sought hospitalbased care.
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