n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Interfacility transfer of patients in South Africa - what you need to know and how to make it happen : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Appropriate choice of patient and appropriate choice of receiving facility is of the utmost importance. The patient must be moved to the nearest appropriate facility for the existing condition or the expected complications to be managed. <BR>Helicopter transport is primarily suited for urgent cases, where road transport is not appropriate, within about a 200 km radius. <BR>Fixed-wing transport is appropriate for longer distances, requiring more controlled conditions. <BR>Where possible, dedicated, pressurised aircraft, operated by reputable, experienced air ambulance staff should be used. <BR>Scheduled services should only be used for the transport of stable patients. The airline involved should be fully appraised of the circumstances and requirements.

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