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The key findings of the hiqa report

Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00

•The HSE should establish a national centre, which would be run by the ambulance service and would co-ordinate and manage transfers of patients by air.

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•This would be run in conjunction with the Air Corps and Irish Coast Guard, and should be rolled out within two months.

•This centre would then be accountable for all patient transfers.

•A co-ordinating group should be set up within four weeks of the publication of the report, made up of members of the main agencies involved in the transportation of patients for transplant surgery.

•The HSE should establish a 'live' system whereby the details of the availability and status of each state plane or helicopter are fed to the national centre.

•Details of travel times, refuelling requirements, and the ranges of each of the state aircraft should be constantly updated and made available to those in charge of the transport of patients.

•A checklist should be developed by all the agencies involved to make sure critical errors are not made during the process.

•This should include, as mandatory, information regarding what time a patient needs to arrive at Kings College Hospital.

Irish Independent

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