The Children's Hospital Boston Critical Care Transport Program coordinates and provides transport services for critically ill or injured patients referred to Children's.
Advances in pediatric and neonatal intensive care and the regionalization of services require the availability of high-quality, efficient and safe inter-hospital transport services for critically ill or injured infants and children. The transport team is responsible for the resuscitation, stabilization and interfacility transfer of patients ranging from preterm infants to young adults.
- 1,000 patients transported per year
- Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
- experience with low birth weight (1-2.5 kg) and extremely
low birth weight (<1 kg) premature infants
- nitric oxide available when needed (e.g. newborns with
persistent pulmonary hypertension, children with acute
respiratory distress syndrome and acute lung conditions)
- available 24 hours per day, seven days per week
- serves Children's critical care areas: Neonatal ICU, Cardiac
ICU, Medical/Surgical ICU, Medicine ICU and Emergency
- 15 dedicated nurses
- five dedicated EMTs and paramedics
- eight communication center dispatchers
Through improved access, system efficiency and expert patient care, our goals are to reduce morbidity and mortality, improve patient and family satisfaction and support the tertiary care programs at Children's.
We are committed to improving the quality of acute neonatal and pediatric care in the region through outreach education and support of community programs. Furthermore, we plan to contribute to the field of transport medicine through research and participation in system improvement and policy development on a regional and national level.
Children's Emergency Communications Center facilitates and coordinates emergency patient transport to Children's. With one phone call, community pediatric providers can:
- request Children's Critical Care Transport Team
- arrange transfer to Children's ED or ICU
- access Children's specialists for urgent consultation
The center is staffed by trained communication specialists dedicated to handling emergency referrals for medical, surgical, trauma, neonatal and cardiac patients. The center's staff works closely with community providers (physicians, nurses, administrative staff) to mobilize the Critical Care Transport Team, discuss the availability of a bed and plan for interim stabilization.
Monica E. Kleinman, MD,
Medical Director, Transport Program
Aimee Lyons, RN, BSN, MSN,
Nursing Director, Critical Care Transport Team
Michael O'Melia, RN,
Co-Clinical Care Coordinator, Critical Care
Robert Shields, RN, BSN, NREMT-P,
Co-Clinical Care Coordinator, Critical Care Transport Team
For transport: 1-866-771-KIDS (toll-free)
For information: 617-355-2170