International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 256--264

Complications during intrahospital transport of critically ill patients: Focus on risk identification and prevention


Patrick H Knight1, Neelabh Maheshwari1, Jafar Hussain1, Michael Scholl1, Michael Hughes1, Thomas J Papadimos2, Weidun Alan Guo3, James Cipolla4, Stanislaw P Stawicki4, Nicholas Latchana5 
1 Temple University School of Medicine – St. Luke's University Hospital Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA
3 Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, The State University of New York (SUNY)-University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
4 Department of Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
5 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
St. Luke's University Health Network, NW2-Administration, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania- 18015
USA

Intrahospital transportation of critically ill patients is associated with significant complications. In order to reduce overall risk to the patient, such transports should well organized, efficient, and accompanied by the proper monitoring, equipment, and personnel. Protocols and guidelines for patient transfers should be utilized universally across all healthcare facilities. Care delivered during transport and at the site of diagnostic testing or procedure should be equivalent to the level of care provided in the originating environment. Here we review the most common problems encountered during transport in the hospital setting, including various associated adverse outcomes. Our objective is to make medical practitioners, nurses, and ancillary health care personnel more aware of the potential for various complications that may occur during patient movement from the intensive care unit to other locations within a healthcare facility, focusing on risk reduction and preventive strategies.


How to cite this article:
Knight PH, Maheshwari N, Hussain J, Scholl M, Hughes M, Papadimos TJ, Guo WA, Cipolla J, Stawicki SP, Latchana N. Complications during intrahospital transport of critically ill patients: Focus on risk identification and prevention.Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci 2015;5:256-264


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Knight PH, Maheshwari N, Hussain J, Scholl M, Hughes M, Papadimos TJ, Guo WA, Cipolla J, Stawicki SP, Latchana N. Complications during intrahospital transport of critically ill patients: Focus on risk identification and prevention. Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Apr 13 ];5:256-264
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