Respiratory issues in aeromedical patient transport

Respir Care Clin N Am. 1996 Sep;2(3):391-400.


Respiratory considerations in aeromedically evacuated patients are the cornerstone of safe, successful transport. Maintenance of the ABCs and ongoing resuscitation including pulmonary/ventilator stabilization and management en route are paramount. All of these goals are predicated on a well-developed understanding of hypobaric pulmonary physiology and hypobaric effects on medical devices, a solid grasp of the inherent limits of an aeromedical environment, and the resolute accomplishment of both initial and follow-up team member training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Ambulances*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / methods*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / standards
  • Clinical Protocols / standards
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia / etiology
  • Patient Care Team
  • Respiration / physiology*
  • Transportation of Patients / methods*
  • Transportation of Patients / standards
  • Ventilators, Mechanical