ARV is a single contact point for major trauma advice (adult), adult critical care advice, critical care bed access and retrieval of critical care adult patients state-wide.ARV provides a centralised hub for communication and coordination for the trauma retrieval system with the dispatching of appropriately qualified personnel and a transport-appropriate platform. Ideally, interhospital transfers should be initiated with a single telephone call, followed by ready acceptance of the transfer, timely arrival of transport and an uncomplicated journey to the receiving hospital5.
ARV encourages early consultation and activation. Contact ARV on 1300 368 661.Preparation for retrieval is the responsibility of both the referring health facility and retrieval specialists, facilitated by effective communication and handover procedures. This may include updating information regularly to identify changes in patient condition and requirements.