Patient Transporter

Patient transporters are important members of a health care team. They have excellent people skills as well as compassion for individuals who may be in pain or having difficulty moving. Patient transporters are responsible for moving patients from one location to another within a hospital setting using devices such as stretchers or wheelchairs. In some cases patients must be transferred from one nursing unit to another but patients may also need to be transported to areas for tests such as CT or MRI scans. Patient transporters must know how to apply first aid in case a patient needs immediate help while being transported. In some cases they may be asked to transport lab specimens and blood samples from one area of the hospital to another so they must be trained in how to handle these materials safely. Not all patient transporters work within a hospital. Some work for ambulance service agencies where they transport outpatients to medical appointments. They also transport people who are elderly and weak to day care centers and then back home. They may need a special license if they are doing the driving. To qualify for this job individuals must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They are given on-the-job training on how to lift patients safely and how to operate wheelchairs and stretchers. They are also responsible for sanitizing the transportation equipment they use and for making sure it is in safe and in proper working order. According to the website entry-level patient transporters earn approximately $9 an hour but with experience they can earn up to $14 an hour.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $23920
High Salary: $29120
Low Salary: $18720
Tasks: Move patients between rooms and medical facilities.
Ensures that transportation is safe and comfortable for patients.
Transports blood and lab specimens to laboratories.
Adheres to transportation schedules.
Also Called: Patient Mover
Medical Transporter
Medical Courier
Patient Delivery Specialist
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