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Orderlies perform a variety of non-technical duties related to helping patients. Their most common duty is to transport patients. They also answer patient call signals. Hospital orderlies deliver food and pick up food trays. They may feed patients if they are unable to feed themselves, or help patients with bathing, grooming, shaving and dressing. Orderlies also assist in getting the patient ready for surgery or examination.
A hospital porter is essentially an errand runner for the nurses or on-staff physicians. Tasks include moving machinery, transporting patients and many other mundane but important tasks to ensure the smooth flow of operations at the hospital they are working at
brancardier > stretcher-bearer
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4 Nov 2002 – brancardier = literally stretcher bearer, but also porter (in a hospital). brancardier de nuit dans un hôpital = night porter in a hospital ...