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Intra-hospital transport is the temporary or permanent forwarding of critically ill patients within the hospital environment, whether for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes (de Almeida et al., 2012).


  •  To maximise safety and at the same time to maintain or improve the patient’s clinical status during retrieval (College of Intensive Care Medicine, CICM 2015).
  • Critically ill patients have life-threatening injuries or illnesses that are associated with reduced or exhausted physiological reserves.
  • Transporting such patients exposes them to additional risks and requires the services of highly trained and skilled practitioners. (CICM 2015).

    This learning package aims to take ICU trainees through the theory of intra-hospital transport – including consequences of transport on the patient, risk of adverse events and a structured approach to patient transport using the ACCEPT approach (Assess, Control, Communicate, Evaluate, Prepare and Package, Transport), complementing practical transport and feedback sessions.


    The package has combined the CICM IC-10 minimum standards for patient transport, CICM curriculum and the Royal North Shore transport guidelines for ICU.

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