Medical Care - PreHospital Transportation

After patients are decontaminated repeat triage will be necessary to reassess triage level for further evaluation and treatment interventions in the cold zone and transportation as needed.

Transportation generally occurs after treatment except in cases of life threatening conditions which are amenable to field treatment as resources and personnel allow. A transportation officer will need to be responsible for coordination of patient transports including destinations, ingress and egress routes, patient tracking and hospital communications.

Transportation
A.
Entrance and egress routes
B.
Procedures
C.
Record Keeping and information
 
i.
Agency transporting
 
ii.
Patient name or identifier
 
iii.
Decontamination status
 
iv.
Time of departure
 
v.
Destination
D.
Hospital Communications

Record keeping of patient transports with unique individual identifiers/descriptions have been found to be very important for future identification, reuniting and locating family members as was seen after Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005. Various triage and transportation tags and methods are available to assist in patient tracking. Additional important information for receiving facilities should include whether decontamination occurred, the patient's destination and what time they left the scene. Recorded destinations and transporting agency are important to assist in tracking of resource availability and logistics of on scene transportation and personnel capability.

 

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