Paediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Transport
April 2003, BMJ Books
The book provides guidance in both of these major areas. The first section - 'Planning for Safe and Effective Transport' - details issues to be considered by senior staff in setting-up or modernising a transport programme. General principles and relevant physiology are outlined, and vehicles and equipment are discussed in depth. The second section - 'Practical Transport Management' - is concerned with different patient groups and key clinical issues. These include the distinctive features of neonatal and paediatric patients, and management of airway, breathing and circulation. Other chapters discuss airborne transport, pharmacology, trauma, and special interventions for transport such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and inhaled nitric oxide.
Principles of safe transport.
The ambulance environment.
Equipment and monitoring.
Air transport of critically ill children.
Paediatric resuscitation and stabilisation.
Management of the airway.
Management of the circulation.
Special transport interventions.
What to do when it all goes wrong.
Appendix 1: Typical retrival forms.
Appendix 2: Essential equations and aide-mémores.
Selected references and bibliography.
Two-part structure covers both planning transport services and practical clinical issues.
Written with professionals who work in either paediatrics or neonates, or both, in mind.
Multidisciplinary editors and authors, emphasising the important and complementary roles of doctors and nurses in transport.
Editors and contributors are acknowledged experts in the field.