The RFDS in WA
Preparation of patients
The need to transport patients is a common feature of rural medical and hospital practice. The literature abounds with papers outlining the adverse outcomes which can occur during intra-hospital and inter-hospital transport.
Problems arise from:
- Inadequate diagnosis and initial management
- Poor preparation
- Failure to recognise potential complications during transport; and
- The use of inexperienced or inappropriate escorts
- The principles of preparation of patients for transport
- The capabilities of different transport services in Western Australia
- Some special considerations in air transport of medical conditions
- What should accompany patients being transferred; and
- The medico-legal implications of patient transport
You can download the full version of the booklet 'Transporting Your Patient' below, which covers how to organise a transfer, preparation of patients, tips for specific groups of patients and other useful information.