MHC 6301 Week 2 Assignment 2 Transporting Patients
Patient transportation also called patient transport is the process of moving patients to and from different areas of a medical facility. Sometimes patients are not permitted or are physically unable to walk from their rooms to other areas of the hospital. In these cases, patient transporters use wheelchairs and stretchers to help move patients safely to other areas to receive treatment, take tests, recover from recent procedures, and more.
The role of a patient transporter includes the following:
Assisting patients in and out of cars, taxis, and other vehicles.
Carefully lifting patients from their beds and placing them into wheelchairs or moveable beds.
Moving patients to different areas of the hospital, such as operating rooms, treatment areas, and special service departments.
Transporting supplies, laboratory specimens, and equipment to designated areas of the medical facility.
Transporting deceased patients to the appropriate area, such as the mortuary.
Providing patients and their families with compassion and care. Demonstrating cultural and social tolerance and acceptance is crucial.
Following protocol to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for fellow associates and patients.
Having a willingness to expand their knowledge and training through continued education.
The Importance of a Quality Patient Transport System
Along with providing patients with quality transportation services, Crothall helps give hospital staff more time in their workday to do what they do best. For instance, nurses can center their focus on patient treatment plans rather than the logistics of moving their patients. As a patient transporter you play a role in making sure that patients get to their next location comfortably and safely.
The Qualities of a Good Patient Transporter
It’s critical that patient transporters provide quality care to every patient they serve. So what qualities make a good patient transporter? Beyond applying patient transportation best practices which we teach on the job, patient transporters should be high-energy, polite, and have a friendly demeanor. We know a patient’s experience is about so much more than the clinical care they receive. Patients need to feel like all hospital associates, both clinical and non-clinical care about their comfort.
Patient transporters should also pay strong attention to detail. For example, examining a patient’s equipment before moving them to another location to ensure the trip, regardless of distance is safe. Paying attention to detail can help prevent accidents or unpleasant situations in general.
Top Qualities Needed to Be a Patient Transporter
We put all patient transporters through an extensive training process to ensure that our associates feel empowered and our patients receive the best transportation services. If you’re interested in becoming a patient transporter, here’s what we look for in our candidates:
Acceptance: Our patient transporters understand that patients come from many unique backgrounds and cultures. We ensure that they treat everyone and their families with the respect they deserve.
Attention to detail: It’s important to pay attention to every detail as you move patients. Our staff completes many checks and balances before transporting a patient to a new location.
Customer service: Every patient should feel cared for and valued when they are with our team members. We train all of our associates in customer service, and love candidates that already have a strong sense of what customer service should look like.
Friendly personality: One reason patients love Crothall patient transporters is because of their fun and caring personalities. We look for people who can light up a room and bring joy into any situation. As Jeff Barnard, Patient Transportation Director at Crothall says, “We can teach the knowledge that people need for transport. [But we] can’t teach personality.”
Physical fitness: A patient transporter must have the physical strength to safely lift and set down patients. Our associates must use the proper form during their lifts.
Discussion Questions (DQ)
• Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
• Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
• One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
• I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
• Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
• In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
• Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
• Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
• Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
• Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
• I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
• I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
• As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
• It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
• For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
• Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
• Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
• Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
• The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
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