Wartime Critical Care Air Transport: Ground Transportation Problems


Name: Darcy Mortimer

Rank: Capt, USAF

Organization: The Geneva Foundation

Performance Site: 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, TX; Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center, Germany

Year Published: 2005

Abstract Status: Final


BackgroundRapid transport of critically injured soldiers occurs in a very fluid, time-sensitive environment. Anecdotal information suggests that the ground transport care environment of the Critical Care Air Transport team (CCATT) mission is potentially the most hazardous for the patient. It is important to have a system that ensures safe transport. Identification of patient safety issues can provide the necessary information to develop standards and protocols to improve care during the ground transport of CCATT patients. Current methods of documenting care provided during CCATT missions are limited, reflecting the constraints on resources and time. No aggregate data are available that describe the patient, equipment/supply, and oxygen problems during CCATT ground transport.PurposeTo identify the problems experienced during the ground transport of CCATT patients and to relate factors that may be associated with the problems.


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