Transport of the Critically Ill Obstetric Patient
The critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman should receive an equitable standard of care to address their pregnancy-related and critical care needs. Safe transport of critically ill patients requires accurate assessment and stabilisation of patients before transport. The transport itself must be justified. Whatever benefits of proposed interventions must outweigh the risks of moving the critically ill patient and those posed by the interventions themselves.
Safe transport requires the deployment of appropriately trained staff, essential equipment and effective liaison between referring, transporting and receiving staff. The plan should clearly identify the transfer of care from a named consultant (i.e. Dr A Obstetrics) to a named consultant (i.e. Dr B, Critical Care). There must be a named consultant obstetrician who will assume responsibility for the ongoing obstetric care of the patient at the receiving hospital and there must be communication between this obstetrician and the referring obstetrician.
KeywordsPersonal Protective Equipment Noninvasive Blood Pressure Support Equipment Bain Circuit Transport Team
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