Interfacility transportation

Jacob B. Keeperman

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Interfacility transportation is a complex component of the out-of-hospital EMS system, providing for medical and transportation needs when a patient needs to be transferred from one facility to another. There are many considerations that go into a successful interfacility transportation program; perhaps the most important is the level of care provided during the transport. The level of care takes into account the capabilities of the personnel and the type of vehicle. Indications for interfacility transportation are many, but most commonly are for specialty services provided at only selected facilities. Interfacility transportation shares the hazards of all out-of-hospital care, plus the added concerns associated with removing a patient from a fixed, controlled facility to the variable, uncontrolled out-of-hospital environment. The legal issues surrounding interfacility transportation are complex and somewhat vague as few laws specifically address this special niche of EMS. Medical oversight of interfacility transportation is a unique facet of EMS medical direction that requires specialized knowledge and systems to ensure success.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Oversight of EMS
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781118990810
ISBN (Print)9781118865309
StatePublished - Feb 12 2015


  • Critical care transport
  • Interfacility
  • Level of care
  • Specialty care transport
  • Transfer
  • Transport


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