Does the patient require transport by stretcher?
A patient may require a stretcher if:
– they have limited mobility and are unable to bear weight with or without assistance
– they require bed to bed transport
– their condition requires them to remain recumbent
– they may be a danger to themselves or others if seated during transport
Is the patient in unstable medical condition ?
A patient may be in unstable medical condition if:
– they do not have a secure airway or have distressed breathing
– they have unstable vital signs
– they have unrelieved chest pain or uncontrolled bleeding
– they have an I.V. with medications running
– they have a risk of a sudden negative change in medical status
Does the patient require a medical escort ?
A patient may require a medical escort if:
– they require continuous monitoring during transport
– their attending Physician requests accompaniment by an escort
– there is a requirement for the patient to have an escort at the destination
– they have an I.V, or adjunctive equipment that requires monitoring during transport
– they require airway management or suctioning during transport
– they require medication to be administered during transport
Can the patients care need be met by AmbuTrans and receiving facility staff?
A patients care needs can be met in transport and at their destination if:
– they do not require a medical escort as outlined above, and:
– there are staff or family members at the destination that can meet their care needs
– there are appropriate medical supplies and equipment at the destination
– they have sufficient medications at the destination
PLEASE NOTE: These are only suggested guidelines for making decisions about the appropriate choices for patient transportation. The policies and procedures of each individual medical facility should be the overriding factor in making patient transportation decisions.