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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Preparation for interfacility transport of the critically ill patient

Published:December 26, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2022.12.017

      Abstract Summary

      Critically ill patients must often be transferred between facilities to allow for higher levels of care. However, this phase of care may pose risks for complications and clinical deterioration due to exposure to out-of-hospital environments and decreased ability to monitor and intervene. This can nevertheless be mitigated by following general transport principles, with an adequate preparation, using a structured approach.

      Key Words

      Glossary of abbreviations:

      ABCD2E (airway), breathing (circulation), disability (devices), environment (FiO2: Fraction of inspired oxygen), NIV (Non-invasive ventilation), PEEP (Positive end expiratory pressure)
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