Guidelines for Transport of Adult Critical Care Patient in Sri Lanka

These guidelines apply to the transport of adult critically ill/ critical care patient in Sri Lanka, transferred outside of a normal critical care environment. This includes both intra-hospital transport and inter-hospital transport and the level of preparation & care needed in both situations is the same. Inter-hospital transfer would be by road as air ambulances are not available in Sri Lanka at the time of these guidelines.

The decision to transfer a patient from the intensive care unit to another hospital must be made by the consultant responsible for the unit in consultation with the consultant under whom the patient has been admitted.

The decision to accept a transferred patient too must be made by a consultant responsible for intensive care unit and the relevant consultant of the receiving hospital.

Once the decision is made to transfer a patient, inform the patient/ family regarding the decision to transfer, but that should not delay an urgent transfer.

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