Delivering the highest level of trauma care
Trauma Program and Transport
Team streamline access
in urgent situations
Transport Team rolls out high-tech ambulance
Childrens new, state-of-the-art ambulance allows
the hospitals Critical Care Transport Team to transport
patients from premature newborns to young adults requiring
specialized services or resources.
The ambulance carries advanced equipment for critical care,
making it a traveling ICU. It has enough space for two patients
on stretchers or in isolettes, and up to six staff and family
members. It is the first vehicle in New England dedicated
to the transport of sick and injured children.
Childrens is home to the busiest pediatric trauma center
in New England, and one of the 10 busiest in the country. Recently
re-verified as a Level-1 pediatric trauma center by the American
College of Surgeons, Childrens is one of about a dozen hospitals
in the United States to provide the very highest level of pediatric
The Trauma Program works closely with a Critical Care Transport
Team and Childrens Emergency Communications Center. These
two components streamline patient and provider access in urgent
The Transport Team is made up of nurses, doctors and EMTs who
provide acute treatment that extends well beyond Childrens
doors. This remarkable depth of resources allows Childrens
to provide state-of-the-art care to more injured children,
Mooney, MD, director of the Trauma Program.
Meanwhile, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) allows referring
physicians to obtain advice and arrange patient transport to the
Emergency Department or intensive care units, all with one phone
call. Staffed by trained communications specialists working closely
with physicians, nurses and administrative staff, the ECC handles
emergency referrals for medical, surgical, trauma, neonatal and
cardiac patients. Since beginning in January of this year, the
system has eased the referral process for the regions most
critically ill and injured children.
Together, these resources provide unique services and expedite
access to Childrens emergency and critical care, says
Kleinman, MD, director of the Critical Care Transport
Team. They benefit referring physicians and, ultimately,
patients and families.