Interhospital paediatric intensive care transport: a novel transport unit based on a standard ambulance trolley

G.D. Vos, W.A. Buurman, D.A. van Waardenburg, T.P. Visser, G. Ramsay, R.A.M.G. Donckerwolcke

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Abstract

Interhospital paediatric intensive care transport: a novel transport unit based on a standard ambulance trolley.

Vos GD, Buurman WA, van Waardenburg DA, Visser TP, Ramsay G, Donckerwolcke RA.

Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Maastricht, PO box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht, The Netherlands. gvo@paed.azm.nl

A recent development in providing intensive care for children is that it is more and more centralized in tertiary centres. The centralization of intensive care facilities for children in tertiary centres demands a safe and well-organized transport system. The transfer of critically ill children from a referring general hospital to a tertiary paediatric intensive care centre should be performed by a specially trained and fully equipped transport team. During the transfer of these children continuous intensive care facilities should be provided. The minimal requirements of equipment and materials for transport that allow such care have been determined. The equipment consists of a monitor allowing continuous measurement of vital signs, a defibrillator, tools for airway and ventilatory management, an oxygen source, suction unit, fluid and electrolyte management, medication, resuscitation chart and a communication system. A mobile paediatric intensive care unit was constructed in order to store this equipment, including easily accessible ventilator and materials optimized for close patient observation and ventilator control
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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