By Terry Martin
During the last 3 many years, there was transforming into difficulty over the administration of sufferers of trauma and of scientific emergencies, now not least within the commonplace of prehospital care which they obtain. within the twenty first century, there's an expanding requirement to move sufferers, by way of street and by way of air, to and from expert centres of excellence or inside of hospitals from division to division as sleek drugs dictates that the sufferer calls for intra-hospital move to an imaging scanner, to the working theatre, after which might be to extensive care. This booklet is a virtually dependent textual content during which the reader will locate easy-to-digest information on medical administration and at the logistics of other shipping modes in addition to evidence in regards to the physics and body structure of sufferer circulation. it truly is meant as a uncomplicated reference should you search to paintings in transportation medication, basically medical professionals, however it will turn out of significant relevance and curiosity to nurses, paramedics and those that administer ambulance and air ambulance businesses.
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It extends up to about 500 miles, and is retained by the gravitational attraction of the planet. 3) of which the most important, from a biological point of view is the troposphere. Most conventional passenger aircraft fly predominantly Fig. 3 The three layers of the atmosphere. qxd 10/9/01 24 10:56 AM Page 24 HANDBOOK OF PATIENT TRANSPORTATION in the troposphere, and this layer is characterized by the presence of water vapour, a constant rate of decrease of temperature with increasing altitude, and the presence of large-scale vertical air currents (which mix the gases in to a fixed proportion at all altitudes).
Qxd 10/9/01 10:56 AM Page 43 PHYSIOLOGY OF PATIENT MOVEMENT transferred on stretchers. Paradoxically, it is usually the ambulant patient who suffers most. Patients are often stressed before they arrive at the busy and chaotic environment of the airport. This is worsened as they pass through the tedious but essential formalities necessary before boarding. Patients have the added anxieties of their illness; they may also be leaving relatives behind, and may seem disproportionately worried about seemingly less-important matters, such as ensuring that baggage has been checked in, and so on.
G. infection, allergy, or sinusitis) causes obstruction making equalization impossible. This is especially important in children with small diameter tubes which easily obstruct. If pressures are not equalized, symptoms may include ‘fullness’ in the ears, hearing loss as a result of decreased vibration of the drum, pain, tenderness, vertigo, nausea, perforation of the drum and bleeding. qxd 36 10/9/01 10:56 AM Page 36 HANDBOOK OF PATIENT TRANSPORTATION • levelling off in the descent or an increase in altitude may be negotiated with the pilot so that symptoms are alleviated whilst waiting for vasoconstrictors to take effect, • sleeping patients should be awoken 5 min before descent, so they can swallow more frequently, • infants may be given a bottle during take-off and landing, • slow descent from altitude will minimize the incidence and severity of symptoms, Barosinusitis (sinus barotrauma) Normally air can pass in and out of the sinus cavities freely and the only evidence of equilibration is a slight tickling sensation.
Handbook of Patient Transportation by Terry Martin