30 de maio de 2011

Artigo: Minimum Standards for Intrahospital Transport of Critically Ill Patients


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INTRODUCTION

Critically ill patients may have absent or small physiological reserves. Adverse physiological changes in these patients during intrahospital transport are common and can be life-threatening. Ventilator-dependent and haemodynamically unstable patients are at particular risk. Careful planning is required to move these patients between hospital facilities such as operating theatres, ICU, Emergency Department, imaging rooms, and wards. Such intrahospital transport is usually elective, but a need for urgency must also be anticipated (such as moving the patient to the operating theatres after a diagnostic procedure).

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