All team members are experienced critical care providers with initial and continuing education relative to the unique transport environment, including flight physiology, safety training and advanced life support skills.
Pediatric transport nurses are required to maintain certification in PALS, ENPC and TNCC. Neonatal transport nurses are required to maintain certification in NRP and S.T.A.B.L.E. pediatric/neonatal transport. Respiratory therapists are required to maintain PALS and NRP certification and remain highly skilled in intubations.
The team provides state-of-the-art critical care transport services under the direct supervision of, and in constant contact with, the Methodist Children’s Hospital pediatric intensivists and neonatologists.
Neonatal Back Transport Service
Once a transported infant has graduated and no longer needs the level of care provided at Methodist Children’s neonatal intensive care unit, we offer back transport to the intermediate care of the originating hospital until discharge home. The purpose is to provide safe transfer of care to a specialized nursery that can meet the infant’s needs closer to the family’s home. This is accomplished when the neonatologist initiates a plan to ensure the infant is ready to graduate and collaborates with the patient’s pediatrician/referring physician to ensure a safe transfer back to the originating hospital.
Each transport vehicle is equipped as a portable intensive care unit with monitoring equipment found in a standard neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit.
- Transport isolettes
- Transport ventilators
- Portable nitric oxide
- High frequency ventilation capability for neonates
- Portable oxygen equipment
- Comprehensive invasive and non-invasive monitoring