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In-hospital transfer of the critically ill 

In-hospital transfer of the critically ill
In-hospital transfer of the critically ill

Lorna Eyre

and Simon Whiteley

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date: 26 May 2022

While focus has traditionally been on the planning, logistics, and outcome of inter-hospital transfers of the critically-ill patient, attention is turning to in-hospital transfers. Numerically, more in-hospital transfers occur and there is growing evidence that these are associated with a high incidence of adverse events, and increased morbidity and mortality. Appropriate planning, communication, and preparation are essential. Patients should be resuscitated and stabilized (optimized) prior to transfer, to prevent deterioration or instability during transfer. Endotracheal tubes and vascular access devices should be secure. The minimum recommended standards of monitoring should be applied. All drugs and equipment likely to be required during the transfer should be checked and available. Critically-ill patients should be accompanied by personnel with the appropriate knowledge skills and experience to carry out the transfer safely and to deal with any complications or incidents that arise.

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