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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE 9 ( September, 2020 ) > List of Articles


The Transport Medicine Society Consensus Guidelines for the Transport of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients

Syed Moied Ahmed, Rakesh Garg, Samaresh Das, Nilay Chatterjee, Kundan Mittal, Subhash Saxena, Sudhir Khunteta

Citation Information : Ahmed SM, Garg R, Das S, Chatterjee N, Mittal K, Saxena S, Khunteta S. The Transport Medicine Society Consensus Guidelines for the Transport of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients. Indian J Crit Care Med 2020; 24 (9):763-770.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23584

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 13-01-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and has been declared as a pandemic. COVID-19 patients may require transport for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes intra- or interhospital or transport from an outside hospital to a healthcare facility. Transport of critically ill or infectious patients is always challenging and involves the integration of various tasks and manpower. The adverse events have been attributed to various factors such as a multidisciplinary team and lack of appropriate communication among team members, absence of equipment, or failure during transport, apart from physiological alteration inherent to the disease of the patient. The transport of COVID-19 patients carries an additional risk of not only the disease itself but also due to the risk of its transmission to the transport team. The human-to-human transmission of the virus can occur via respiratory droplets. So, the person involved in the transport of such patients shall be at risk and warrants appropriate steps for their safety. Appropriate planning by a well-trained transport team is an essence for the safe transport of the suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. The Transport Medicine Society guidelines present consensus guidelines for the safe transport of COVID-19 patients. Disclaimer: These consensus guidelines are applicable for the safe transport of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 adult patients. These recommendations should be used in conjunction with medical management guidelines and advisories related to COVID-19. These recommendations should be adapted to the local policies prevalent at the workplace and also per agreement among the hospitals for transport (agreement between referring and receiving facilities). With the emergence of new scientific evidence, these guidelines may require modification.

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