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Editors (for Advanced Life Support Group): Peter Driscoll, Ian Macartney,
Kevin Mackway-Jones, Peter Oakley
137 pp Price £25 ISBN 0-7279-1583 (p/b)
London: BMJ Books, 2002 .
If you have ever cared anxiously for a patient in the back of an ambulance you will recognize the need for STaR—Safe Transfer and Retrieval. Ideally, everyone who supervises patient transfers—whether from community to hospital, from department to department, from hospital to hospital, or even from country to country—should do the STaR course for which Safe Transfer and Retrieval is the core text. Aimed at paramedics as well as hospital professionals, the book describes a systematic approach to patient transfer, ACCEPT—assessment, control, communication, evaluation, preparation/packaging and transport—and offers practical tips on such matters as the use of radios, troubles with medical equipment, and lifting/handling techniques. Management of trauma (including burns) and of medical and paediatric disorders is discussed in terms of specific pathophysiological processes. The book also advises on medicolegal issues, staff and patient safety, and documentation. As with all publications from the Advanced Life Support Group, key information is summarized in boxes, for review at a glance. This is a great book—essential reading if you are closely involved with patient transfers and have not done the STaR course.