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Transfer of the patient to another hospitalization unit


To ensure continuity of nursing care to the patient during the transfer to the new location in an environment of well-being and safety for the patient.


– Appropriate means of transportation: wheelchair, bed, stretcher, crib, incubator, etc.

– Material: – Transfer form. – Medical history. – Bag with personal belongings. – Medication.


– Check the identity of the patient to be transferred. – Notify the admission service, dietetics, pharmacy, and central services of the transfer when there is a pending examination. – Inform the patient and family of the reason for the transfer, place of destination, and expected time of transfer.

– Assess the patient’s general condition to choose the means of transport and personnel necessary for the transfer. Call the reception area to check that everything is ready to receive the patient. – Check the good condition of fluid therapy, catheters, drains, and the state of hygiene of the patient. – Prepare the necessary medication before the transfer. – Compile medical history and note in the nursing records the complementary tests pending to be performed or receive results, as well as the evaluation of the care plan executed and the nursing problems in progress and everything performed. – Ensure a comfortable and adequate position during the transfer. – Attach the patient’s personal belongings. – The patient will be transferred accompanied by nursing staff if necessary. – Remove clothing and utensils used by the patient. Cleaning of utensils, pot, wedge, and more – Notify the cleaning service. – Notify the admission service of the availability of the bed.


Control in the transfer: safety measures, patient comfort, appropriate clothing, and therapeutic devices. Possible complications that may occur are: cooling, loss of privacy, accidental falls, mobilization of drains, catheters, and tubes, and pain due to mobilization.

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