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Retrieval medicine: a review and guide for UK practitioners. Part 2: safety in patient retrieval systems
  1. S Hearns1,
  2. P J Shirley2
  1. 1Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, UK
  2. 2Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 S Hearns
 Emergency Department, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Corse Bar Road, Paisley PA2 9PN, UK;stephen.hearns{at}


Retrieval and transfer of critically ill and injured patients is a high risk activity. Risk can be minimised with robust safety and clinical governance systems in place. This article describes the various governance systems that can be employed to optimise safety and efficiency in retrieval services. These include operating procedure development, equipment management, communications procedures, crew resource management, significant event analysis, audit and training.

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