Handoff communication and transport teams are the keys.
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Charlotte Huber is a clinical patient safety analyst at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org. This article is adapted from "Safe Intrahospital Transport of the Non-ICU Patient Using Standardized Handoff Communication," which appeared in a publication of PA-PSRS: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 2009;6(1):16-9.