Anesthesiology Department Introductory Lecture Series (rev 6/95)

Managing Intrahospital Transport and Mechanical Ventilation in the PACU

Charles G. Durbin, Jr., MD, FCCM

Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery

Medical Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Medical Director, Respiratory Care

Patricia A. Doorley, RRT

Lead Therapist, Heart Center


The answers to the following questions will help prepare for transportation of patients within the hospital.

Patient issues

Where are you going?

What to take?

What could possibly happen (It will!)?

What to monitor?


Branson, RD: Intrahospital transport of critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients. Respir Care 1992; 37:775-795.

Insel J, Weissman C, Kemper M, et al: Cardiovascular changes during transport of critically ill and postoperative patients. Crit Care Med 1986; 14:539-542.

Smith I, Flemming S, Cernaianu A: Mishaps during transport from the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med 1990; 18:278-81.

Weg JG, Haas CF: Safe intra-hospital transport of critically ill ventilator dependent patients. Chest 1989; 96:631-635.

Go BackBack to the Dept. Lecture page

Last Modified: 10:13am EDT, July 13, 1995