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Equipment, Positioning & Drugs

Here we take a look at the equipment modifications that ensure a patient living with obesity is transported safely and comfortably, and raise your awareness of the important things to …

Navigating A Sea Of Definitions

Before we can talk about performing a critical care patient transfer we need to know what this really means. At its core, transfer medicine refers to the transport of a …

The SHELL Model

And now for a small dose of theory… We have chosen the SHEL(L) Model as our visualisation tool to highlight key human factors principles during critical transfers. This framework, often …

The ECMO Transfer

VV-ECMO retrieval trolley used at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London To read more about referral and preparation for ECMO see here. Setting-up ECMO requires specific training and accreditation, and is …

A Practical Approach

In the next few articles and activities, you’ll learn from WingFactors – an organisation that brings learning from the aviation industry to healthcare. The WingFactors team comprises experienced airline pilots …

ECMO Services

In this article, Dr Álvaro J. Roldán-Reina and Dr Alex Rosenberg, ECMO specialists at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals in London provide a look at their service and background …

An Engineer’s Perspective

It can be novel to take a look at the complex process behind the design of medical devices we use in transfer every day. This can end up being a …

Medical Device Design

In this video, we explore how the design of a medical device can help to reduce all kinds of risk to both patients and staff. Here we meet Tobias and …

Principles Of HCID Transfers

As we’ve seen in the previous step, there is a long list of diseases that are defined as HCIDs. Each of these diseases may have specific implications for patient transfer. …

HCID: Super-Spreading The Word

What Is An HCID? The UK Health Security Agency defines HCIDs as having some or all of the following characteristics: acute infectious disease typically has a high case-fatality rate may …

The Bariatric Ambulance

Dedicated bariatric transfer services, which are specifically designed to accommodate patients living with obesity, are available within NHS Ambulance Services and the private sector… These may supply specialist equipment, as …

The Big Principles Of Obesity

Have you ever considered the implications of transferring a critically ill person with obesity? Obesity has a range of pathophysiological consequences, all of which may be amplified during critical illness, …

Transfer Physiology

Transfer can lead to detrimental effects on the critically ill, who are poorly able to compensate as they are already deficient in physiological reserve. Understanding the physiological impact that movement …

A Systematic Approach To Burns

What are the unique challenges presented by the burns patient transfer? Here, we will tackle them in a systematic fashion… Airway Airway burns can be split into 2 categories – …

Transferring When The Heat Is On

In the following steps, we discuss the important considerations when transferring a patient with burns. Firstly, we’ll look at the factors that determine severity of burns and later we’ll consider …