At Clarian Health Partners' Methodist Hospital campus in Indianapolis, patient transport is more than a moving experience. Up to 26 steps are involved in transferring a patient from one unit to another. From the time a physician first writes the order, the process can take as little as 20 minutes or as long as 3 days to complete. The staff and equipment needed to move patients are expensive. "We're spending in excess of $15 million a year on patient transport," says Ann Hendrich, MSN, RN, senior vice president/nurse executive.
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