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Table 2 Recommendations for the transfer of the critically ill

From: Transferring the critically ill patient: are we there yet?

Recommendations and opinions
Critically ill patients should be transferred by a specialized retrieval team
Intensive care should not be interrupted by transportation of the patient
Specialized retrieval teams should receive transfer training
Specific training programmes should be developed
Specialized retrieval teams should be staffed by a physician, preferably an intensivist and an ICU nurse
The accompanying physician makes the final decision whether the patient is transferrable and which treatment is given during the transport
Experience and training are more important than speed
Transfer organisations should have a quality management system
Incident reporting should be standardized and mandatory
Equipment used should conform with both ICU and transfer standards
Adults can learn from children (in the organization of transport)