Volume 17 Supplement 3

Scandinavian Update on Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2009

Open Access

Interhospital transport of critically ill patient with dedicated ICU ventilator

Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine200917(Suppl 3):O21

DOI: 10.1186/1757-7241-17-S3-O21

Published: 28 August 2009

Introduction

Emilia Romagna is a region caracterized by the presence of Three Integrated Trauma Systems Care (ITSC). Severe, resource-consuming patients are centralized in first level Hubs to guarantee high quality and efficient care. Every ITSC has a Trauma Center (Hub) connected with a net of peripheral hospitals (Spokes). A Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has been active since June 14 1986 at the Ospedale Maggiore, it covers most of the Bologna and Modena region and part of Ferrara, in addition to this, a new Trauma Center specialized in pediatric patients is developing outside the region. This means transfer times of atleast 50 to 60 minutes by helicopter to consent patients to move from an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to another. Obviously the HEMS play a fundamental role in such a setting.

Methods

Our HEMS counts numerous interhospital transfers of adult patients with respiratory failure and pediatric patients that needed respiratory assistance with high performance ventilators. Patients with severe respiratory failure may have to remain on an ICU ventilator throughout the whole transport period anyway transport ventilators may not be adequate for certain age groups in pediatric patients. We would like to show how we faced the necessity of transporting acute but stable patiets, using a system that enables us to embark a high performance ventilator and a multi-parametric monitor in a safe and quick manner. We will discuss the equipment assemblage, methods and techniques of intensive care in the critical patient in this setting.

Conclusion

Our experienced medical team has demonstrated to safely transport even the most critically ill patients if the care is optimized before departure.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Emergency-Urgency Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Maggiore Hospital

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Copyright

© Vacchi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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