Launch of Guidance on the Transfer of the Critically Ill Adult

30 May 2019

 

"Transferring critically ill patients who may be suffering with several problems requiring multi organ support requires exceptional planning and requires the staff to be highly trained."

Dr Carl Waldmann, FICM Dean

On behalf of the Intensive Care Society (ICS) and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) we are delighted to launch Guidance on the Transfer of the Critically Ill Adult . This guidance offers an important framework for the multidisciplinary teams across the country who are integral to the safe transfer of the UK’s most critically ill patients.

These published guidelines also support the recommendations made by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) report on the Transfer of Critically Ill Adults earlier this year, by providing a current and robust framework for the whole MDT to work from.

Chair of the Society’s Standards Division, Dr Stephen Webb said “the launch of these guidelines is an important step for the critical care community. It helps us to maintain the highest standards of care and uphold patient safety.” Deputy Chair of the Standards Division, Dr Paul Dean highlighted that “this guidance is the go-to reference for staff as they prepare for and deliver the transfer of the acutely unwell.”

Dean of the Faculty, Dr Carl Waldmann said “Transferring critically ill patients who may be suffering with several problems requiring multi organ support requires exceptional planning and requires the staff to be highly trained. The FICM have worked with the ICS to ensure staff have received up to date guidance to meet this challenge.

Our expert writing group led by Dr Simon Whitely have developed this guidance with patients, peers and the most up-to-date policy in mind.