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[0][/0] [az_accordion_section] [accordion title=”What is intra-hospital transport?” id=”acc-1″]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).[/accordion] [/az_accordion_section]


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  •  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). [/accordion] [accordion title=”Why does ICU patient transport require special training?” id=”acc-2″]
  • 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).[/accordion] [/az_accordion_section]


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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