MOBI – Mobile Intensive Care Transportation for Critically Ill Patients
As everyone is aware, our referral business for complex cardiovascular patients, specifically advanced
heart failure patients, is booming. Many of these patients are quite unstable and resource intensive (IABP,
multiple pressors/inotropes, etc) on transfer. Dr. Kasirajan and Wanda Miller have reminded us of a
valuable transportation resource, MOBI,that may be considered for these patients. This is truly a mobile
intensive care unit and is staffed by our Life Evac team. This transport team/vehicle can be dispatched to
pick up patients as far away as 4 hours. We recognize that it will be important to identify patients and
situations that would be appropriate for MOBI transport. Hopefully, we will have criteria for this in the
very near future. In the meantime, Wanda has forwarded the algorithm for activating MOBI transport.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance as you are making transfer
plans for patients that might be suitable for MOBI transport.
Physician notifies the Transfer Center of the MOBI Transfer Center
transfer. 828-2638 or 1-866-628-9337
The Transfer Center contacts the referral hospital for
demographics and then calls Bed Management for Bed Management 828-6630
bed assignment, identifying the patient as a “MOBI.”
The bed is identified and the Transfer Center immediately Life Evac Dispatch 1-877-902-7779
contacts Life Evac Dispatch and Clinical Engineering.
Clinical Engineering will bring MOBI up to the staging area.
Clinical Engineering 804-628-0015
The staging area is the patient consult rooms on Main 10 Central.
LifeEvac Dispatch contacts referring hospital to triage Richmond Ambulance Dispatch
the patient and contacts Richmond Ambulance Dispatch 804-254-1111
to notify of impending transport.
LifeEvac Dispatch also contacts the Heart Center Nurse Heart Center Nurse Manager
Manager On Call for notification of the impending On Call 804-828-4999 Pager 4073
transport that will normally occur in the early morning of the
Nurse Manager On Call will notify Respiratory Therapy. Respiratory Supervisor: 828-4999
Respiratory Therapy will check out equipment the morning of
Nurse Manager On Call will check to see that MOBI has Clinical Engineering 804-628-
appropriate equipment loaded and ready for early morning or 628-4429 (stretcher will be
transport from the staging area. West Hospital, 11th floor, Room 203)
o Stretcher, portable ventilator, suction, 4-channel IV After hours ask Service Response to
pump, defibrillator and pads. (Clinical Engineering page the Biomed tech on call to come
will be responsible for the maintenance and daily in and bring gurney to Main 10
readiness of the above equipment.) CCU staging area.
Nurse Manager On Call will notify Perfusion. Perfusionist: 804-628-6850 (main
o Perfusion will bring ECMO pump and supplies to OR #)
staging area on Main 10 CCU for placement on MOBI.
Nurse Manager On Call will notify the CSICU. CSICU 804-828-9176
CSICU will notify CSICU Nurse Manager CSICU Nurse Manager Pager 4038
Nurse Manager On Call will call the Transfer Center to bring Transfer Center
satellite phone to CSICU. 828-2638 or 1-866-628-9337
LifeEvac will communicate with the referring hospital
just prior to departure for confirmation of transport.
Life Evac will notify the Transfer Center Transfer Center
of the estimated time of departure and arrival. 804-828-2638 or 1-800-628-4141
Life Evac will notify the CSICU of the estimated CSICU 804-828-9176
time of arrival.
Transfer Center will notify the Nurse Manager on Call of
estimated time of departure and arrival
VCUHS will be the central point of departure.
Prior to departure, the LifeEvac crew will access the
MOBI transport vehicle and equipment. The drug bag will be t
supplied by LifeEvac personnel.
Upon return to VCUHS: 1) MOBI and all equipment will be
wiped down with Sani-Wipes by RAA and LifeEvac personnel.
2) The satellite phone is returned to Telepage by the NM on call.
3) Clinical Engineering will be contacted by the NM on call to
retrieve MOBI and equipment for storage.
Marian Altman Nurse Manager, Coronary Care Unit 804-828-5249, Pager 4574
Tyrone Aron Perfusion 804-628-6999
Jeff Bancharan Transfer Center 804-828-0957
Kelly Carter Nurse Manager, Cardiothoracic Surgery 804-628-0697, Pager 4353
Keith Chapman Clinical Engineering 804-628-0015 or 628-4429
Paul Dalby Respiratory Care 804-828-9215
Chip Decker Richmond Ambulance 804-254-1184
Carl Erickson Nurse Manager, Cardiology 804-828-1632, Pager 4299
Roberta Gump Director, Telecommunications 804-628-0084
Larry Little VP, Support Services 804-828-9416
Sherry Lockhart Nurse Manager, Cardiac Surgery 804-828-4147, Pager 4038
Harry McCarthy Perfusion 804-628-6999
Wanda Miller Nursing Director, VCU Pauley Heart Center 804-828-2791, Pager 4578
Brian Solada Life Evac 804-641-8762
Chris Stevenson Life Evac 804-822-2265
Rodney Stiltner Pharmacy 804-828-5468, Pager 6648
Katharine Sheldon Pharmacy 804-828-5468, Pager 7222