Transport for paediatric intensive care. Measuring the performance of a specialist transport service

S H Cray, C M Heard
Paediatric Anaesthesia 1995, 5 (5): 287-92
Fifty children were referred for transport to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Two scoring systems were used for the transfer process. A physiology score derived from the paediatric risk of mortality (PRISM) score was performed at referral, before transfer and on arrival on PICU. An interventions score based on the therapeutic intervention scoring system (TISS) was performed for interventions by the referring staff and by the transport team before and during transfer. Critical events during transport were recorded. Three children died at the referring hospital. Forty-seven were transported by the PICU team. No child died or suffered a major physiological deterioration or equipment related problem in transit. Physiology scores did not deteriorate during transfer. Referral physiology scores did not reliably predict the need for major therapeutic interventions by the transport team before transfer. Critically ill children may be transported safely by a specialist team.

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