Decisions to transport patients who are critically ill to another facility for medical management occur frequently. For the decision-making processes of critical care practitioners, professional guidelines for critical care transport recommend assessment of the patient’s care needs and determination of the most appropriate mode of transportation and clinician to accompany the patient that align with the patient’s care needs. Despite recommendations put forth by the Air and Surface Transportation Association, critical care practitioners do not have a reliable or valid strategy for systematically assessing the patient’s care needs and deciding which mode of critical care transport and accompanying clinician are most appropriate.

To close this knowledge and practice gap, Dr Scott Swickard and coauthors developed the Transport Triage Tool to inform clinical decision-making about the critical care transport clinician that aligns with the patient’s care needs. In their publication, the authors examine...

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