Pediatric & Neonatal Transport at Medical City Children's Hospital

medcity-maternal-pediatric-transport-teamThe Pediatric/Neonatal Transport Team at Medical City Children's Hospital is a specialized team designed to meet the needs of critically ill or injured infants and children.

Our Transport Team is the only medical transportation unit in the region exclusively staffed by registered nurses with extensive training and backgrounds in pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiovascular intensive care, and pediatric emergency medicine. Our team provides compassionate, family-centered, and professional care to meet the needs of the patients and families during these difficult times. Transport services are available 24/7.

Medical City is adept at handling both scheduled and emergency deliveries, and our transport teams are available 24/7 to perform inter-facility transports for mother and child within Texas and throughout the Southwest region of the United States. Our group of highly-skilled and specially-trained maternal transport registered nurses can be deployed by ground ambulance, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft featuring a self-contained mobile intensive care environment. Additionally, Medical City offers exceptional care with the following points in mind:

  • Medical City Dallas is the only hospital in North Texas where a mother and baby with complex conditions can be cared for in the same hospital post-delivery.
  • Our team begins communication with a high-risk obstetrician to provide an individualized plan of care from the moment of dispatch until the patient is safely transported from the referring facility to Medical City Dallas.
  • Once the patient arrives at Medical City Dallas, a multidisciplinary team of obstetricians, anesthesiologists and neonatologists are on hand to care for the high risk mother and neonate. Perinatologists (MFM) and a full range of pediatric subspecialists are available for every type of maternal, fetal and neonatal complex condition.
  • Our Advanced Maternal and Newborn Institute (AMNI) is available for complete care coordination of pregnancies with congenital anomalies.

medcity-maternal-pediatric-transport-ambulanceThe Pediatric/Neonatal Transport Team has been transporting patients to Medical City Children’s Hospital and surrounding Medical City Healthcare facilities by ambulance, helicopter, or fixed-wing aircraft since its inception in June 1992. Since then, more than 800 children each year receive care from our highly-skilled, subspecialty-trained nurses on the Pediatric/Neonatal transport team. All transport team members are educated in ambulance and flight safety as well as advanced practice skills, such as:

  • Advanced airway management and intubations
  • High frequency ventilation
  • Inhaled Nitric Oxide (INO)
  • ECMO evaluations
  • High risk deliveries and neonatal resuscitation
  • UAC/UVC placement
  • Chest tube placement
  • Treatment/stabilization of infants with congenital heart disease
  • EJ/IO placement
  • Active total body cooling

Following the transport, a member of the Transport Team will communicate with the referring physician regarding patient progress and outcome.

How is a transport initiated?

Simply call 1-800-SICK-KID (742-5543) and our transfer center will arrange logistics. This unique service simplifies the process of transferring a patient and ensures that the patient is transferred to a facility with the appropriate sub-specialties and equipment to handle the patient’s level of acuity.

What information do I need to provide to the transfer center when setting up a transport?

  • Patient name, DOB, weight
  • Diagnosis/Chief complaint
  • Requested accepting facility
  • Focused history and assessment findings

Does the Pediatric/Neonatal Transport Team only transport for Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children's Hospital?

medcity-maternal-pediatric-transport-helicopterNo. The Pediatric/Neonatal Transport Team serves any Medical City Healthcare facility in North Texas with applicable pediatric/neonatal services. These facilities include:

Can parents ride along with their child during transport?

Ambulance - Yes. One parent rider is allowed to accompany his or her child during ambulance transfers but is required to ride in the front passenger seat.

Helicopter - No. Parents are not allowed to accompany children during helicopter transfers due to flight regulations and safety precautions.

Continuing Education

The Maternal & Pediatric/Neonatal Transport Team at Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children's Hospital has the ability to provide continuing education to healthcare professionals in S.T.A.B.L.E., AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring, and also offers a wide range of outreach lectures to outlying hospitals. Lecture topics are customized to specifically meet your facility’s needs.