Procedures for transfer of medical facilities in Vietnam

What are the procedures for transfer of medical facilities in Vietnam? Who has the power to sign the slip of transfer in Vietnam? - Tuyet Vy (Vinh Phuc, Vietnam)

Procedures for transfer of medical facilities in Vietnam (latest) (Internet image) 

1. Power to sign the slip of transfer in Vietnam

The power to sign the slip of transfer is specified in Article 6 of Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT, specifically:

- Regarding public medical facilities: the Head of the medical facility or the person authorized by the Head of the medical facility is in charge of signing the slip of transfer.

- Regarding public medical facilities: the person in charge of professional skills of the medical facility or the person authorized by him/her is in charge of signing the slip of transfer.

- In a shift, the leader of the team is in charge of signing the slip of transfer.

2. Procedures for transfer of medical facilities in Vietnam

According to Article 7 of Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT, the procedures for transfer of medical facilities are as follows:

- Medical facility shall transfer the patient to a superior facility or a facility of same level as follows:

+ Medical facility shall notify and explain the patient or his/her legal representative the reasons for transfer of facility;

+ Medical facility shall sign the slip of transfer according to the form in Appendix 1 enclosed with Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT,;

 Form of slip of transfer

+ If the patient needs emergency treatment, the medical facility shall contact with the receiving facility; re-check the conditions of the patient before transferring; prepare vehicles and equipment for providing emergency treatment on the way to the receiving facility;

+ If the patient needs technical assistance from the receiving facility, the transferring facility shall provide the receiving facility with information about conditions of the patient and necessary assistance for preparation;

+ The slip of transfer shall be given to the medical officials going with the patient or the legal representative of the patient to provide for the receiving facility;

+ The transferring facility shall transfer the patient and the slip of transfer to the receiving facility.

- Procedures for transfer of patients to an inferior facility shall comply with regulations in points a, b, dd and e Clause 1 of Article 7 of Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT.

Note: Form of transfer (Article 4 of Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT)

- Transfer of patients from an inferior facility to a superior facility:

+ Patients shall be transferred from an inferior facility to the directly superior facility in ascending order;

+ The transfer of patient may not comply with regulations in point a of this Clause if conditions specified in Point b clause 1 Article 5 of Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT are satisfied.

- Transfer of patients from a superior facility to an inferior facility.

- Transfer of patients between medical facilities of the same level.

3. Transport of patients during the transfer of patient in Vietnam

Article 8 of Circular 14/2014/TT-BYT stipulates the the transport of patients during the transfer of patient as follows:

- For emergency cases: the medical facility shall prepare for transport of the patient as follows:

+ Ambulances or other suitable vehicles;

+ Medical equipment, emergency medicines for the patient (if any) during the transport;

+ The medical officials going with the patient shall be doctors, physician assistants and/or midwives in charge of supervising the handling promptly the development of condition of the patient during the transport and transporting the patient with conformable techniques according to the condition of the patient.

- For non-emergency cases:

Depending on the medical condition of the patient and the actual conditions, the medical facility shall guide the patient or his/her legal representative to choose a suitable form and vehicle of transport.

Nhu Mai

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