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Australia has considerable experience of transporting critically ill patients

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1137
  1. P J Shirley, specialist registrar (
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB25 2ZG

    EDITOR—Having just returned from a medical retrieval post in New South Wales, Australia, I was interested in Wallace and Ridley's article on the transport of critically ill patients.1 New South Wales is roughly 3.5 times as large as the United Kingdom, and patients are transported between intensive care units by land ambulance in the metropolitan areas, by helicopter for journeys of <400 km, and by fixed wing aircraft for journeys of ≥400 km. I have experienced …

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