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By Terry Martin

During the last 3 many years, there was starting to be quandary over the administration of sufferers of trauma and of clinical emergencies, no longer least within the typical of prehospital care which they obtain. within the twenty first century, there's an expanding requirement to move sufferers, through highway and by means of air, to and from professional centres of excellence or inside of hospitals from division to division as sleek drugs dictates that the sufferer calls for intra-hospital circulation to an imaging scanner, to the working theatre, after which maybe to in depth care. This e-book is a essentially established textual content within which the reader will locate easy-to-digest info on medical administration and at the logistics of alternative shipping modes in addition to proof concerning the physics and body structure of sufferer circulation. it's meant as a easy reference if you search to paintings in transportation medication, basically medical professionals, however it will end up of serious relevance and curiosity to nurses, paramedics and people who administer ambulance and air ambulance businesses.

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The need for privacy when a patient is being transferred aboard a commercial passenger aeroplane. It is therefore essential that the patient is optimally prepared for the journey. The following considerations need to be addressed: • The urgency with which the patient must reach the destination. • The mode of transportation. • The interventions which will benefit the patient if done before transfer. • The investigations which will benefit the patient if done before transfer. qxd 10/9/01 46 10:57 AM Page 46 HANDBOOK OF PATIENT TRANSPORTATION • Procedures which may be necessary during transfer.

It is hoped that critically ill patients undertaking a long journey will already be in receipt of thromboprophylaxis. qxd 14 10/9/01 10:56 AM Page 14 HANDBOOK OF PATIENT TRANSPORTATION VIBRATION Vibration and movement are constant and inevitable features of road and air travel: • Vibration is alternating or oscillating forces that can be felt by the vehicle occupants. • Vibration in land-based ambulances differs from that experienced in aircraft. • The main source of vibration in road ambulances is the road surface and the vehicle’s suspension system.

E. 6). However, Boyle’s law relates to dry gas. Gas in body cavities is saturated with water vapour at body temperature which exerts a constant vapour pressure of 47 mmHg. The net effect is that the greater the altitude, the greater the magnitude of gaseous expansion. If there is free venting between the gas-filled cavities and the outside atmosphere, expansion causes no difficulty or discomfort. qxd 10/9/01 10:56 AM Page 35 PHYSIOLOGY OF PATIENT MOVEMENT may be painful. Ectopically located gas, such as in postoperative patients, or in those who have had gas or air introduced after an injury or as part of a diagnostic procedure is more problematic.

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