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Transfer Guidelines

Patients who are critically ill in hospital may, during the course of their stay, require transfer to another hospital or to another department within the same hospital. Indications for transfer include specialist investigation or treatment; lack of availability of a staffed critical care bed and repatriation.

Transferring a critically ill patient evokes risks. By having a clear pathway of referral, risk assessment and clinical protocol the risk is minimised.

This guidance sets out the operational framework for the transfer of critically ill patients within the South East Coast Operational Delivery Network (SEC ODN). The intention is to promote high standards of care during the transfer of critically ill patients both between hospitals and between departments within hospitals. The Intensive Care Society (ICS) published updated guidelines on the transport of the critically ill adult in 2011. Kent and Medway; Surrey and Sussex Clinical Forums have all, previously, produced guidelines and standard documents. The content of these documents form the basis of this guidance.

The Appendices have been attached seperately for printing purposes.