Profession hospital porter

Hospital porters are professional healthcare assistants who transport people on stretchers around the hospital site, as well as and items.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Disorders of vital functions

    The characteristics and disorders of vital functions, consciousness and unconsciousness, respiratory and circulatory system, bleeding, shocks, artificial respiration.

  • Operational tactics for emergency responses

    The characteristics and proceedings of operational tactics for emergency responses especially at major incidents and catastrophes.

  • Transportation methods

    Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and optimal work strategies.

  • Principles of paramedic practice

    The theories and science that underpin the theory and principles of paramedic practice.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Emergency cases

    The emergency cases with different disease patterns and syndromes, the special emergency cases and their appropriate interventions.

  • Clinical science

    The research and development of the techniques and equipment used by medical staff to prevent, diagnose and treat illness.

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

Skills

  • Manage major incidents

    Take immediate action to respond to major incidents that affect the safety and security of individuals in private or public places such as road accidents.

  • Adapt to emergency care environment

    Adapt practice to meet the clinical needs of patients within the emergency and urgent care environment.

  • Transfer patients

    Use the most appropriate techniques to handle and move patients in and out of an ambulance, hospital bed, wheelchair, etc.

  • Immobilise patients for emergency intervention

    Immobilise the patient using a backboard or other spinal immobilisation device, preparing the patient for stretcher and ambulance transport.

  • Position patients undergoing interventions

    Position or immobilise patients correctly for safe and effective interventions.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Transport patient to medical facility

    Assist in lifting and carrying of the patient into the emergency vehicle for transport, and into the receiving medical facility on arrival.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Prioritise emergencies

    Determine the level of risk of an emergency situation and balance the dispatch of ambulances to emergency situations accordingly.'

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Observe confidentiality

    Observe the set of rules establishing the nondisclosure of information except to another authorised person.

  • Operate an emergency communication system

    Efficiently operate common communication systems used in emergencies, such as base station mobile transmitters and receivers, portable transmitters and receivers, repeaters, cellular phones, pagers, automated vehicle locators, and satellite phones as required.

  • Conduct physical examination in emergency

    Conduct a thorough and detailed physical examination of the patient in emergency situations, using assessment skills such as observation, palpation, and auscultation and formulating diagnoses across all age ranges, followed by the calling for specialist when available.

  • Select hazard control

    Select appropriate hazard control measures and risk management, reduction or elimination techniques in a safe manner.

  • Assess nature of injury in emergency

    Assess the nature and extent of injury or illness to establish and prioritise a plan for medical treatment.

  • Monitor patient's vital signs

    Monitor and analyse vital signs of heart, respiration, and blood pressure.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Employ specific paramedic techniques in out-of-hospital care

    Use appropriate techniques in paramedical practice such as IV therapy, drug administration, cardioversion, and emergency surgical techniques.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

  • Deal with emergency care situations

    Assess the signs and be well-prepared for a situation that poses an immediate threat to a person's health, security, property or environment.  

  • Operate specialised equipment in emergency

    Operate equipment such as external defibrillators and bag-valve mask resuscitators, spinal and traction splints and intravenous drips in advanced life-support environments, taking electrocardiograms when required.

  • Apply good clinical practices

    Ensure compliance with and application of the ethical and scientific quality standards used to conduct, record and report clinical trials that involve human participation, at an international level.

Optional knowledge and skills

provide basic support to patients monitor basic patients signs assist patients with rehabilitation identify patients' behaviours deal with patients' anxiety answer patients' questions apply organisational techniques physical science applied to paramedical practice