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Lifeline: Intrahospital Transport Program
Unique to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, transportation of critically ill patients within the hospital has become a specialty of the Lifeline transport team. The intrahospital transport team applies their expertise in critical care transport to a setting inside the hospital, providing transport for patients from an inpatient unit to a testing or procedure area, while maintaining the level of care that the patient is receiving on the unit itself. Originally a pilot program, it has flourished and grown to cover all intensive care and monitored units within Johns Hopkins. This program not only provides consistency in clinical care when the patient leaves the unit, but also allows the patient’s nurse to remain in the unit to care for other patients in their assignment. The interdisciplinary team can assist with or maintain virtually any monitor or machine found at the bedside during a transport, including a ventilator, intra-aortic balloon pump and ventricular assist device.
In addition, this team provides emergency transport from the adult emergency department for urgent cardiac intervention, and responds to staff/visitor medical emergencies throughout the campus. The multidisciplinary team approach and their expertise in transport medicine ensure that patients receive the highest level of care during a critical time away from the inpatient unit.