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    
Control #63.3