The Learning Objectives
To describe the principles, problems and risks involved with transport of critically ill patients and assists in their application in Royal North Shore Hospital.
To apply this knowledge to ensure appropriate and safe transport of critically ill patients.
To explain the CICM policy document IC-10: minimum standards for transport of critically ill patients (2015) and RNSH ICU transport guidelines.
At the end of this E-Learning, you will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Describe the principles underlying safe transport of critically ill patients of all ages with reference to the RNSH ICU transport guidelines and CICM IC-10 minimum standards for transport of critically ill patients.
- Explain the importance of prior planning and organisation of the transport team
- Describe the importance of communication between referring, transporting and receiving staff
- Explain the need for specially designed equipment and describe the special equipment for transport taking into consideration size, weight, battery life, durability and performance under conditions of transport
- Explain the potential mental and physical trauma to the patient
- Explain the requirement for stabilization and support of the critically ill patient before transport is commenced
- Explain the need for complete documentation of the patient’s clinical condition, before during and after transport, and of relevant medical conditions, therapy delivered, environmental factors and logistical difficulties encountered
- Participate in safe transport of critically ill patients in diverse circumstances.