When patients from any nursing unit require transport for diagnostic, procedural, or surgical interventions we commonly refer to this as a “road trip.” And just like any other road trip, this one calls for planning ahead, packing the necessary equipment, and carefully considering the activity to take place upon arrival.
The hospital road trip also requires planning for potential complications that can occur because of what happens during the transport itself. Some facilities have dedicated teams for intrahospital transport. No matter what mechanism is used, the goal is to maintain patient safety and a consistent standard of care throughout the transport and intervention.
If you have an intrahospital transport team:
Invite team members to discuss the hazards of the moving environment and the information they need about the patient prior to transport.
Collaborate with the team to develop a unit-based checklist of equipment,...