The critical care transport team at Children's Hospital & Medical Center is available 24 hours a day to provide state-of-the-art care and transportation to pediatric patients ranging from extreme prematurity through adolescence. We are the only transport team in Nebraska specializing in the stabilization and care of neonatal and pediatric patients. Transportation is available by a dedicated ambulance as well as a helicopter and fixed-wing plane, allowing us to provide extended coverage to patients throughout the region. Each Children's newborn/infant or pediatric transport is staffed by a team consisting of neonatal nurse practitioners and critical care nurses who are specifically trained and certified in the care and transportation of critically ill children.
The Children's Critical Care Transport Team is experienced in stabilizing and transporting premature infants, newborns requiring immediate surgery, children in respiratory distress, children who have ingested poison, children with critical heart disease and any other critically ill or injured children. Team members also are certified in basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation. Children's Critical Care Transport Team serves primarily Nebraska, western Iowa, northern Missouri, northern Kansas, eastern Colorado and South Dakota.
The Children's team will assist in arranging any emergency transportation regardless of the patient's age, mode of transportation and destination.
Children's Hospital & Medical Center serves as the primary hub for the treatment and care of critically ill infants and pediatrics in the region. Critically ill infants and children who require intensive levels of support and monitoring are placed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where they will receive the highest level of care available in the region. Studies show that children who are treated by medical specialists trained in pediatric and newborn intensive care have better outcomes. The American Academy of Pediatrics' national guidelines recommend the use of a newborn/pediatric specialty team for the transfer of all patients meeting the following criteria:
Any patient for whom ICU admission is anticipated at the receiving hospital.
Patients with respiratory distress that may progress during transport.
Patients with a recent life-threatening event, although stable at the time of transfer.