Inter-hospital retrieval and transfer of major trauma patients is a crucial phase in patient care. The process of retrieving injured patients from a referring health facility has the primary objective of improving their outcomes through coordinated support and timely transfer to an appropriate trauma service by highly capable transfer teams. It is important to note that an exhaustive clinical workup is not always necessary or appropriate prior to transfer. Stabilisation and ensuring life-threatening problems are addressed, as well as taking measures to prevent deterioration en route are essential aspects of early care.
Once retrieval staff arrive on scene, be prepared to give a thorough handover. Retrieval staff will assess the patient prior to transfer and may make changes to their care in order to ensure the patient is safe during transfer.
Adult Retrieval Victoria recommends the IRMIST-AMBO method of handover for facilitating health professional communication and ensuring clarity and completeness.