Hospital patient transporters, as the title confirms, transport patients between rooms and to appointments or examinations.
Hospitals hire dedicated staff to handle this work because transporting patients quickly and efficiently through busy hospital halls is not easy and needs devoted staff.
Usually coined as couriers of the medical world, hospital patient transporters need to make sure that the patients under their care reach their destination on time.
Transporting patients between rooms is not all that hospital patient transporters do. They also help patients in and out of beds and ambulance while ensuring their safety throughout the transfer procedure.
In the capacity of a transporter, you will be entrusted with many duties apart from ensuring patients reach their destinations. You will have to be physically active and emotionally stable as there will be times when you are required to provide patients a shoulder to lean on and vent their emotions.
Hospital Patient Transporter Duties & Responsibilities
• Confer with doctors and nurses and take orders for patient transport activities.
• Assist patients to move out of their beds, wheelchairs, stretchers or medical transport vans.
• Provide physical support to patients attempting to walk their way to a procedure room.
• Provide emotional support to patients and their families by listening to them and showing compassion and understanding.
• Talk emotionally challenged or disturbed patients throughout the transport time intending to putting their minds at ease.
• Ensure that patients are present in a procedure room per schedule.
• Ensure appropriate identification of patients before shifting or transporting them.
• Make sure that operation theater packets and documents are signed before handing over patients to the OR staff.
• Ensure that all patients are tagged properly for identification purposes.
• Pick up requested orders to transport equipment and supplies to assigned treatment areas.
• Collect laboratory specimen, drop them off at laboratories and pick up test results.
• Ensure that transport equipment such as wheelchairs and stretchers are in a proper working condition before patient pick up.
• Make sure that method of patient transportation and specials needs assistance information of individual patients is acquired before patient pick up.
• Guide hospital visitors and patients’ families.