Preparing Patients for Transport
here to download a printable Guidelines for Preparing Patients (PDF)
Aeromedical Services would like to take this opportunity to provide you
with information that may be helpful in preparing your patient for
transport. In many instances, time is the factor in getting your
patient to a facility that can provide the additional services they
require. We have listed suggestions to make the transition of the
patient’s care from your facility to the flight team a more timely and
Have the Consent to Treat and
the Medical Necessity for Transport forms signed. These documents can
be found in the Patient Transport Pack.
- Copy the Patient Chart and
have X-Rays/CTs available.
- Include a copy of the
patient’s insurance card if available.
- Give all patient valuables
and belongings to family members.
- Explain to the patient and/or
family the reason for the transfer and the need for aeromedical
- Upon the flight team’s
arrival, have someone available to give report on the patient’s current
condition and treatment provided, provide any pertinent PMH, and
medications that are currently being given or that have been given.
- Have at least two large bore
- Management of the patient’s
airway is of critical importance. Ensure that the most definitive
airway management is performed prior to transport. The flight crew can
assist you with this if necessary.
- If the patient is on IV
medications, please make sure there is enough of the medication
available to infuse during the transport.
- Trauma patients need to have
their spinal motion restricted and have any extremity injuries splinted.
Thank you for the opportunity to assist you in the transport of your