National Transport Medicine Programme Benefits
What the NTMP means for patients
- Enhanced access to appropriate health care services, to meet their clinical needs, for a wider proportion of the population.
- Safe retrieval/transfer of severely injured/critically ill patients for Critical Care and other specialist care in tertiary hospitals.
- Enhanced clinical outcomes for severely injured / critically ill patients due to earlier appropriate decision to transfer, stabilisation prior to transport and specialised care en-route.
- Reductions in Average Length of Stay (ALOS) for affected categories of patients. This results also in savings for the healthcare system through the work of the National Clinical Programmes.
- Availability of specialist care for the patient while also optimising and utilising clinical resources within the National Health Service.
- Skilled teams available to regional and outlying hospitals. Capital and regional based retrieval teams/services will be an efficient and effective strategy for providing workforce support to regional and outlying hospitals.
Priorities for 2017
- Develop national electronic data collection for quality metrics specific to the transport environment.
- Invest in building enhanced partnerships with the existing services in Galway, while also identifying future models of care for adult retrieval.
- Develop a business case to support expansion of the Paediatric and Neonatal Retrieval Service.
- Work in partnership with NAS to build on the current investment and service provision for the NTMP.
- Standardise equipment for adult retrieval teams and regional centres.
- Expansion of MICAS from 9-5 5 day service to 8-8 7 day week service in Dublin
- Process to transition from a programme structure to an operational service
- The establishment of a National Retrieval Coordination Desk
- Development of retrieval hubs in Cork and Galway
- The establishment of a single telephone number for all Retrieval requests
- ePCR for IPATS being piloted Q1 2017.
- New website to be launched Q1 2017.