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Course # 90743 • Transport Methods for Critically Ill Patients


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  1. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of ground, fixed-wing, and helicopter transport.
  2. Evaluate physiologic changes that occur during transport and list interventions to limit patient compromise.
  3. Describe the current federal requirements and regulations in regard to transporting the ill or injured patient.
  4. List, in order, the appropriate steps in arranging an interfacility transport.
  5. Identify stabilization procedures to be undertaken for all patients requiring transport.
  6. Describe the emotional impact of transport on the patient and/or the family and list interventions to provide psychosocial support for these individuals, taking into consideration cultural and linguistic variables.
  7. List the baseline diagnostic studies to be performed prior to transport, if time and patient condition warrant their performance.
  8. Cite physiologic changes that occur during transport and impact the neurologic, respiratory, and cardio­vascular systems.
  9. Summarize special considerations for transport of burn and multiple-trauma patients.
  10. Identify the problems that may occur during transport of the pediatric patient.
  11. Identify the stressors of transport that impact the elderly patient and cite how to best stabilize the patient to limit these complications.
  12. Describe the impact of transport on the pregnant patient and her fetus and how these problems can be managed.
  13. Describe the steps in caring for a patient in transport.
  14. Describe how transport impacts the choice and use of biomedical equipment.
  15. List actions to take to ensure the safety of the crew, the patient, and the personnel on the ground when performing both a helicopter and a fixed-wing transport.
  16. Cite the medical-legal requirements of providing care to a patient outside of a hospital system.
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