HealthIT Answers October 24, 2021
By Halley Herndon, RN, Senior Clinical Consultant, Philips Capsule
As an emergency nurse, I can attest that patient transports of critically ill patients can be stressful.
Every clinician on a transport is aware that unexpected events could occur in an elevator or hallway, even if the destination is only a few minutes away. Most transports, thankfully, go without incident. But, in those instances when adverse events do occur, stress levels elevate, as each passing second holds heightened importance in the wellbeing of the patient. Everyone involved in that transport, typically two nurses, and perhaps a respiratory therapist addresses the immediate medical emergency to stabilize the patient.
During these intense moments, if we can spare a second, we scribble down the patient’s vital...