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What is considered a priority report?

​A priority report is clinically appropriate when it meets the following criteria:

  • Where  urgent, potentially life-saving treatment is based on the findings and recommendations of a dictated report
  • Transfer of a patient to another health care facility
  • Where  the patient is being admitted for treatment within 24 hours of being seen in a health care facility and the report's content provides recommendations for treatment
  • For out-of-province/country patients for continuation of treatment

How can a physician escalate the report creation?

If you have already completed your dictation and decide that you need to prioritize the report, please call Transcription Services at 604.806.9696 directly or email transcriptionalerts2@vch.ca with subject line "URGENT – prioritize report".

NOTE:  Prioritization of reports must only be used for urgent patient care. Inappropriate use will compromise the effectiveness of the priority system.

Should the clinical situation warrant that a report be transcribed on an urgent basis, the number "6" key may be used at any time during the dictation.​

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