Reply To: Transporting patients to XRT offsite

  • Laura Ortiz

    July 1, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Our radiation therapy is off-site as well.  If the patient is stable and would be going as an outpatient, we put them on “pass”, and the parents then take them to radiation.  If they don’t have a ride we put them on pass and radiation will pick them up.  If they need care, then we send them with either one of our nurses and an ambulance, or with our transport team. 


    Laura Ortiz, MS, BSN, RN, CPON
    Director, Pediatric Oncology
    Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW FL
    9981 S. HealthPark Dr.
    Ft. Myers, FL  33908
    Fax 239-343-6011




    ——Original Message——

    Our radiation therapy center is outside the hospital and technically not a part of the same hospital system.  Administration currently requires that an RN from the inpatient unit or transport accompany the patient to radiation therapy in addition to the EMTs in the ambulance used for transport.

    Does anyone have policy regarding the transportation requirements for inpatients going to off site procedures, scans, or therapy while still admitted to the inpatient unit?

    I appreciate any guidance or documents.


    Terri Boyce, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CPHON
    University of Texas Health Science Center
    San Antonio, TX