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Moving a patient remaining in a wheelchair into a vehicle

If the patient will remain in a wheelchair during transport, the transition will be very easy.

Just “drive” the chair into the vehicle. Make sure that the patient, wheelchair, and ventilator are fully secured.

Once the patient is transferred, use the DC auto lighter power adapter to power the ventilator from the vehicle's auto power port.

Plan ahead

The patient will need to be ventilated at all times. Two caregivers may be required to do this throughout the transfer process.
Always have a manual resuscitator ready and available for emergencies.

Moving a patient out of a wheelchair into a vehicle

Depending on how the wheelchair and car are situated, it may be more appropriate to manually ventilate the patient during transfer from a wheelchair to a vehicle.
At all times, maintain the position of the trach tube to ensure that there is no tension on it and that it does not become dislodged.

Moving the patient into the vehicle


Move the ventilator and oxygen into the vehicle.

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Position and secure the ventilator, oxygen, and breathing circuit inside the vehicle.


Check that the ventilator settings have not been disturbed.


Move the patient into the vehicle.

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Confirm the placement of the ventilator’s breathing circuit to the patient.

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Ensure the patient is comfortable and resolve alarms as needed.


Use a DC auto lighter power adapter connected to the vehicle’s auto port to power the ventilator.

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The information and guidance presented on this website is informational only and not intended to influence practice or supersede the instructions for use of any specific device.