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Fetal Neonatology Transport Services


The transport team at Children’s Health℠ meets the highest standard of safety when transporting neonatal, pediatric and high-risk obstetrical patients from distant medical facilities.

Why Children's Health?

Children’s Health is a leader in neonatal and pediatric transport, with more than 25 years’ experience. Winner of the 2013 Association of Air Medical Services’ Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence, our advanced team members transfer more than 7400 neonatal, pediatric or high-risk obstetrical patients with life-threatening emergencies each year.

Children’s Health was the first pediatric neonatal transport program in the nation with a dedicated jet for pediatric transport. It also has a medical helicopter with advanced avionics capabilities that allow the team to transport two patients at once with the highest level of safety. With full night-vision technology, the helicopter is operated by two pilots and is able to fly at higher speeds and with better performance than smaller helicopters. It is also able to fly safely in bad weather.

Children’s Health is one of the only neonatal and pediatric program with this dual pilot system designed to enhance patient safety. We are staffed with a registered respiratory therapist, a registered nurse, a paramedic and when necessary a physician.

Ours was the first pediatric transport team in the United States to be certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) in all three modes of transportation: jet, helicopter, and ground ambulance, and it’s been consistently reaccredited for the past 15 years. This accreditation is your assurance that all team members have successfully completed comprehensive education and training, that the program participates in ongoing quality improvement and that safety is the highest priority.

Our Transport Program

When such advanced fetal or neonatal care is needed, the specialty transport team at Children’s Health transfers babies or obstetrical patients by ground or air, whether locally, nationally or internationally, employing the most advanced technologies. Patients are transferred in highly specialized vehicles that serve as mobile intensive care units, including a fleet of ground ambulances, a helicopter, and a fixed-wing aircraft.

Staffed with an in-house team 24 hours a day, Transport Services coordinates transfers and transport from beginning to end. From the time a neonatal transport is requested, a care team member from Children’s Health will be involved to provide ongoing expert medical advice as the transport team is being mobilized.

Transferring Patients 

If a treatment facility needs to transfer a neonate for additional specialized care, our transport services can safely transfer even the youngest babies to Children’s Health.  If transport is necessary as a result of a birth defect, acute illness, or other emergency, not only will your baby be in the care of neonatal specialists the entire way, but you may also be able to remain with your baby throughout the transfer.

Fixed wing services are provided by Seven Bar Flying Services. Rotor wing services are provided by PHI.

Transport Team 

Part of Children’s Health comprehensive fetal-neonatal program, the Neonatal Transport Service is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that identifies and manages the high-risk fetus or neonate and diagnoses and treats complications. The team is made up of:

  • Neonatologists (specialists in the treatment of newborns, particularly those who are born prematurely)
  • Perinatologists (doctors who care for a mother and fetus during a complicated or high-risk pregnancy)
  • Radiologists
  • General and sub-specialty surgeons
  • Pediatricians
  • A dedicated safety officer

In addition, a family support team includes:

  • Nurses
  • Child life specialists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Chaplains
  • Language translators (as needed)

All transport team members are specially skilled and qualified to ensure a safe transport. They’re proficient, for example, in stabilizing the patient, administering medications, and providing advanced airway management should that become necessary.

These team members are not only among the most highly experienced staff at Children’s Health, they receive ongoing continuing education in neonatal critical care skills. Each has emergency room,  and perinatal and/or neonatal intensive care unit experience, and the most expert among them provide advanced clinical training to health care professionals seeking certification for skills pertaining to transport, trauma, and critical care.

Nurses working on the team are required to have multiple additional certifications, such as those demonstrating proficiency in advanced trauma, pediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation, and advanced cardiac life support. The nurses are also either EMT’s or paramedics, and the Respiratory Therapists are certified paramedics.  These staff members work together to create individual treatment plans designed to bring about the best possible outcomes.

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