Intraoperative Transportation of Patients - Safe Patient Handling
Safe Patient Handling
1. An initial review has been completed on the risk of
transporting or moving patients within this
organization. Based on the population served and times
that the patient is physically moved by employees within
the organization; the risk is determined to be Low.
2. The patient may be taken from pre-op to the procedure
room via gurney, wheelchair, or walking. Appropriate
safety measures will be employed whichever means of
transport is employed. However this organization does
not lift the patient at any time preoperatively.
3. No patient is left unattended once positioned on the operating table. Where applicable, side
rails are utilized.
4. Procedure is performed on stretcher itself. If stretcher has to be moved at least two staff have to be involved. Foot brakes and side rails are utilized to minimize harm to the patient.
5. When the patient is to be recovered in the recovery
room, patient shall be accompanied during transport by
appropriate clinical personnel. Patient shall be covered
appropriately to assure modesty during all moves and
transfers. Side rails are kept up at all times.
6. When ready for discharge, patient will be asked to stand
briefly before beginning to walk. Patient's ability to
independently ambulate will be assessed.
7. Patient will be discharged according to accepted practice
on an ambulatory basis or by wheelchair. When necessary
and appropriate, staff members will accompany the
patient to the transport vehicle.
8. All staff that assists in patient transfers, if
unfamiliar with transfer techniques or is new to the
organization is trained, on proper techniques and use of
any special equipment.
Approved By Governing Board