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Intra-Hospital Transport of Critically Ill Patients: How to Keep Them Safe



Sheila Whalen, DNP, RN-BC

Clinical Integration Program Manager

Rush University Medical Center

Chicago, IL




Transporting a critically ill patient within the hospital is common because of the need for advanced diagnostics and procedures. There are potential challenges associated with intra-hospital transport and patient safety is of the utmost importance. The standard for intra-hospital transport is to provide the same level of care requiring connected physiological monitoring as within the ICU.  This webinar will identify the risks and provide a workable framework to ensure patient safety. Strategies include stakeholder engagement, benefits of standardization, wireless assessment and testing to ensure alarms, trends and waveform will continue be tracked and integrated. The webinar will explore the current literature along with case studies to illustrate the challenges and best practices. 


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to: 

  1. Understand importance of stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of seamless patient monitoring during transport.

  2. Explain the challenges and strategies for the transformation of healthcare data into information and knowledge for intra hospital patient transport using hospital wireless networks, data workflows, and standards.

  3. Design best practices for the seamless intra hospital patient transport to ensure patient safety and data collection.


Faculty Bio:

Sheila Whalen, DNP, RN-BC,  is currently the Clinical Integration Program Manager at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  In this capacity, she acts as the liaison between clinical operations, nursing and information systems for the acquisition and implementation of technology. Dr. Whalen is responsible for the optimizing of physiological monitoring systems including implementing new systems, recommending changes in workflow to improve the use of monitoring technology and determining where there are gaps in technology. She is involved in several professional organizations that promote the better use of technology including the taskforce leader for the National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. 

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