Inter Hospital (Between Hospitals) Transfers
When transferring critically ill or injured patients whether 100 miles or 100 yards the same principles should be applied
High quality patient transfers result from appropriate training, meticulous preparation and appropriate documentation.
Appropriate training - a full day training course based on the transfer training course handbook is supported by the transfer faculty who are all clinicians from critical care and emergency departments across London. There is also a series of educational videos available which provide the key points for those staff undertaking transfers
Example programme from the network transfer course
Meticulous preparation - The mantra, when transferring critically ill or injured patients whether 100 miles or 100 yards the same principles should be applied underpins the transfer training. Prior preparation prevents poor performance is another used. The network aide memoir gives some top tips on what to have thought about and checked when preparing to transfer a critically ill or injured patient.
In North West London the inter hospital transfer form is used to support these patient transfers.
Network Inter hospital transfer form
Please note that this is an example and not to be printed and used for transfers.Transfer forms are available is all Critical care units and Emergency Departments across NWL. If you want to order additional books of the form please contact your transfer lead for the Trust or the critical care network letting us know which Trust and department you are from.
In 2018 we developed a Transfer Triage Tool which was launched in draft format at the Network Education event 19th December 2018 and is being rolled out across Trusts in NWL in early 2019. This is designed to help and support staff and to enhance safety for patients.
When booking an ambulance to transfer a critically ill or injured patients here are some top tips that may be helpful.
Ambulance call sign flowchart- updated 2017