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Experience of physician and nurse specialists in Sweden undertaking long distance aeromedical transportation of critically ill patients: A qualitative study
Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2873-4247
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7574-6745
2018 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 43, p. 79-83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: Transportation of critically ill patients, intra- or inter-hospital, always involves risks when resources are limited. With aeromedical transports, additional risk factors are incurred. The physiological effects of altitude, when both pressure and density decline, can lead to hypobaric hypoxia and gases trapped in body cavities will expand and cause stress on biological tissue.

AIM: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of nurse and physician specialists in Sweden undertaking long distance aeromedical transport of critically ill patients, with a flight time of more than two hours.

METHOD: A qualitative approach with a descriptive design. Thirteen recorded semi-structured interviews with physician and nurse specialists were analyzed using inductive qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: One overall theme emerged, To be one step ahead to ensure patient safety in the air; with three categories 1) With the patient in focus, 2) To be part of a team and concerned about patient safety and 3) To be in need of recovery.

CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates the challenges with long distance aeromedical transport of critically ill patients. The healthcare personnel make decisions and actions to be one step ahead to ensure patient safety. This isolated work is improved with experience, education, training and good communication skills.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 43, p. 79-83
Keywords [en]
Aeromedical transport, Communication, Content analysis, Crew resource management, Critical care, Patient safety, Qualitative study
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71190DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2018.11.004ISI: 000460680600014PubMedID: 30583952Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058711915OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71190DiVA, id: diva2:1276758
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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