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Table 1 Synopsis of investigations studying overall and specific complications during transport

From: Equipment review: Intrahospital transport of critically ill patients

Reference No. of No. of Destination of Rate of Circulatory Pulmonary Equipment Type of ventilation
  patients transports transports mishaps mishaps mishaps mishaps personnel
[3] 11 Postoperative 11 Radiol 11% 0% 0 NR NR Manual ventilation in
         7 of 11, Personnel NR
[4] 139 Children 180 Radiol 30% 76.1% HR 46.7% RR 28.9% 10% Manual ventilation
    OR 49%   BP 21.1% SaO2 6.1%   Nurse and physician 82.2%
    Others 21%   Hypothermia 10%    Nurse only 17.8%
[5] 27 Head injured 35 Radiol 51% 51% Hypotension 9% Hypoxia 9% NR Mechanical ventilator
    OR 49%   Rise in ICP 23%    Personnel NR
      Hypertension 14%    
[6] NR 127 Radiol 75% 34% NR NR 34% Type of ventilation NR
  (all critically ill)   OR 25%      Nurse and physician 45%
         Nurse and respiratory
         therapist 58%
[7] 56 Injured 103 Radiol 100% 68% HR 21% RR 20% 0% Mechanical ventilation
      BP 40% SaO2 17%   Nurse and physician
[8] 83 100 Radiol 100% 66% HR 27% RR 20% 5% Mechanical ventilation
  Surgical/trauma     BP 36% SaO2 2%   Nurse, physician and
         respiratory therapist
[9] 175 Surgical 203 Radiol 61% 5.9% Hypotension 1% Hypoxia 4% NR Mechanical or manual ventilation
    OR 39%   Cardiac arrest 1.5%    Physician and respiratory therapist
[10] 237 All critically ill 237 Radiol 100% 15.5% NR NR NR Specially trained nursing
         transport team
[11] 36 All critically ill 36 Radiol 100% 53% Arrhythmia 5.5% NR 11% Mechanical ventilation
[12] 20 Medical/surgical 20 Radiol 100% 10% 0% 10% 0% Manual ventilation
         Respiratory therapist
[13] 20 Medical/surgical 36 Radiol 100% NR Hypotension 19% Change in pCO2 56% 5.5% Manual ventilation in 20 of 36
      Arrhythmia 5.5%    Nurse, physician and
         respiratory therapist
  1. Not included are studies that compared specific transportprotocols or equipment. BP, change in blood pressure; HR, change in heart rate;ICP, intracranial pressure; NR, not reported; OR, operation room; Radiol,radiology department; RR, change in respiratory rate; SaO2, fall ofarterial oxygen saturation.