Interhospital transport of the critically ill patient: Focus on the journey

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    Abstract

    Critically ill patients have been transferred in between hospitals since decades. Mainly for additional diagnostic or therapeutic possibilities not available at the referring hospital, but also in cases where intensive care unit (ICU) beds are unavailable. The Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is an ambulance, especially designed for the transport of the critically ill ICU patient. These transports are accompanied by a specially trained ICU physician and ICU nurse.

    In this thesis we studied different aspect of our MICU service and we aimed to answer the following questions:
    Is it true that a prepared, trained and experienced transport team with the right equipment will result in a better transfer with less adverse events?
    What kind of adverse events do happen during transport?
    How should a specialized transfer team be trained?
    What is the regional impact of a MICU service?
    Are there specific transport related issues we should be aware of?
    Translated title of the contributionHet transporteren van ernstig zieke patiënten tussen ziekenhuizen
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Zijlstra, Jan, Supervisor
    • Ligtenberg, Jack, Co-supervisor
    Award date5-Nov-2014
    Place of Publication[S.l.]
    Publisher
    Print ISBNs978-90-367-7324-9
    Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-7325-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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