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Paediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Transport

ISBN: 978-0-7279-1770-6
160 pages
April 2003, BMJ Books
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Sick babies and children are moved between hospitals for many reasons, often to receive specialist care and treatment not available locally. For the transfer to be safe and effective it is necessary to plan carefully for these occasions, and for the doctors and nurses attending the transport to be able to provide intensive care on the move.

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.
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Table of Contents




Principles of safe transport.

Transport physiology.

The ambulance environment.

Equipment and monitoring.

Air transport of critically ill children.

Neonatal transport.

Neonatal resuscitation.

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.


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Author Information

Peter Barry, Dept of Child Health, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Clinical Sciences Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary
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The Wiley Advantage

The only manual of neonatal and paediatric transport practice for the UK.
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.
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