Age for independent wheelchair transport

  • 20 Jul 2011 1:55 PM
    Message # 659541
    Anonymous
    What is your minimum age for a volunteer to independently transport a patient and/or visitor?  I'm currently at 18, but allow Juniors (14-17) who are accompanied by an adult volunteer.  Would like to lower age to 16 for independent transport.  thanks, Chris
  • 21 Jul 2011 10:14 AM
    Reply # 660147 on 659541
    After training and a check off list, our junior volunteers transport at age 14 and up.  They transport patients being admitted and discharged only, not between departments, etc.
  • 21 Jul 2011 11:08 AM
    Reply # 660200 on 659541
    Anonymous
    We allow all of our teens (14-18) to transport as long as they are able and are trained properly.
  • 22 Jul 2011 10:01 AM
    Reply # 660845 on 659541
    Anonymous
    Chris Delaughter wrote:What is your minimum age for a volunteer to independently transport a patient and/or visitor?  I'm currently at 18, but allow Juniors (14-17) who are accompanied by an adult volunteer.  Would like to lower age to 16 for independent transport.  thanks, Chris

  • 24 Jul 2011 8:30 AM
    Reply # 661819 on 659541
    We do not allow volunteers of any age or ability to push patients or visitors in a wheelchair.  This decision was made a number of years ago by administration after the requirements for paid transporters included lift training and CPR. 
  • 19 Aug 2011 11:27 AM
    Reply # 680020 on 659541
    We allow the teens (14-18) to transport as long as they are properly trained beforehand.
  • 30 Aug 2011 12:25 PM
    Reply # 688229 on 659541
    Anonymous

    We do not allow volunteers to transport patients if they are on a gurney, have IV's, drain tubes, or catheters. They do not assist patients into beds or lift patients.

    Our Junior Volunteers, age 14 - 18, can only transport visitors who need wheelchair assistance.   They each have wheelchair training in their initial orientation.

  • 13 Feb 2018 2:55 PM
    Reply # 5735401 on 659541

    It has been awhile since this topic has been discussed and I would like to know if your program allows volunteers to transport patients by wheelchair.  Currently we allow our volunteers to transport patients by wheelchair from our Same Day Surgery area to our patient discharge area.  They cannot lift patients in/out of the wheelchairs or vehicles.  Also, our volunteers in the front lobby can assist patients/visitors that need wheelchair transport and our volunteers in Admitting can transport patients to their patient room to be admitted.  If the volunteer does not have a comfort level transporting because of the patient's condition or size, then they alert staff or call our patient transporter team.  What is your policy?

    Cindy Fox

    Maury Regional Medical Center

  • 15 Feb 2018 1:57 PM
    Reply # 5738788 on 659541

    My responses are the same as the previous ones. We allow volunteers (age 14 and older) to transport patients entering the building only.  Volunteers do not discharge patients or provide transportation to those who have had a procedure - either within or to the exits of the hospital. Volunteers in special entry areas are the only ones trained to do wheelchair transports.  

    Patty

  • 30 Apr 2018 11:39 AM
    Reply # 6126355 on 659541

    We do allow our Jr vol 14-18 to transport after they have a short training class. 

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