CONTINUING EDUCATION
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-31

Transport of the critically ill patient


Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, India

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Abhishek Vaidya
Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal
India
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Transportation of a critically ill patient is a challenging task necessitating development of safety guidelines that can be universally followed to minimise problems during transit. This not only requires trained personnel with good communication skills but also necessitates a well-equipped transportation facility such as ambulance and modification of traffic rules to suit preferential allowance of such vehicles. It is also vital that the trained personnel are experts in handling emergencies, trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and airway management. The transport vehicle (ambulance) should be spacious enough to allow resuscitation that may require multiple personnel to be around the patient. Furthermore, the vehicle should have advanced communication equipment so as to be in constant communication with the hospital personnel to which the patient is getting shifted.


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