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. 2015 Apr 28;2(3):219-222.
doi: 10.1002/ams2.113. eCollection 2015 Jul.

Intrahospital Transport of Mechanically Ventilated Intensive Care Patients Using New Equipment Attached to a Transfer Board

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Intrahospital Transport of Mechanically Ventilated Intensive Care Patients Using New Equipment Attached to a Transfer Board

Yosuke Matsumura et al. Acute Med Surg. .
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Aim: Multiple lines and tubes often complicate bed transfer in critically ill patients. To solve this problem, the authors developed medical equipment attached to a transfer board ("transfer board tree") that integrates the patient, transfer board, and medical equipment. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of the transfer board tree.

Methods: Forty mechanically ventilated patients (20 transfer board tree, 20 conventional) in the intensive care unit who were transported for computed tomography were enrolled. Transfer times and adverse events were recorded.

Results: Transfer board tree patients had significantly shorter transfer times. There were two adverse events only in the conventional group.

Conclusions: The transfer board tree enables rapid intrahospital transport of intensive care patients with sufficient monitoring.

Keywords: Critically ill patient; intrahospital transport; mechanical ventilation; transfer board.


Figure 1
Figure 1
Schema of the transfer board tree (TBT). The transfer board tree is attached to the foot end of the transfer board for trauma (TB). By mounting the TBT to the TB, it is possible to integrate the patient, the TB, and the medical equipment (e.g., monitoring devices, portable ventilators, infusion or blood transfusion products, blood/fluid warming units, infusion pumps, chest drainage bags, and urine bags). Radiography and computed tomography can be carried out on the TB because of its X‐ray transparency.
Figure 2
Figure 2
Pre‐ and post‐computed tomography (CT) intrahospital transfer time in intensive care patients transported using a transfer board for trauma alone (conventional group, n = 20) or with a transfer board tree (TBT group, n = 20). Pre‐CT transfer times for the TBT group and the conventional group were 3.5 ± 1.5 min and 6.4 ± 2.5 min, respectively; post‐CT transfer times were 2.3 ± 1.4 min and 4.0 ± 1.4 min, respectively. Transfer times were significantly shorter in the TBT group (P < 0.001).

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