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Critical Care Transport Program | Overview

Our Critical Care Transport Program coordinates and provides transport services for your critically ill or injured child to Boston Children's Hospital. The transport team is responsible for the resuscitation, stabilization, and inter-hospital transfer of patients ranging from preterm infants to young adults. Our team operates 24 hours a day and serves all critical care areas in the institution, including the Neonatal ICU, Cardiac ICU, Medical/Surgical ICU, Medicine ICU, and the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Critical Care Transport Program expertise

  • The Critical Care Transport Team is comprised of two registered nurses and a paramedic or EMT.
  • We are trained in skills such as airway management, obtaining arterial and venous access, chest tube insertion, and pleural decompression.
  • We are one of the few Critical Care Transport Teams in New England who initiate and transport patients requiring Nitric Oxide (NO).
  • We are one of six programs in the northeast that is accredited by the Commission of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS).
  • Boston Children’s welcomes crew members from our vendor air provider, Boston MedFlight, to our facility to achieve and maintain their pediatric airway skills in addition to providing frequent ride-a-longs with our team in order to gain pediatric and neonatal transport experience.

Goals and regional leadership

The primary goal of the Boston Children's Transport Program is to improve outcomes for critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients who require transport to our facility. We strive for the continuous professional advancement of our team through advanced staff education, peer review, quality improvement, and safety. We play a leadership role in improving the quality of acute neonatal and pediatric care in the region through outreach education and support of community programs.

  • Map of Critical Care Transport Program service areared circle: regular ground service
  • green square: ground and air service area

 

 

Public Notice

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of Boston Children’s Hospital on March 21-22, 2022.

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards.  The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which the accreditation should be awarded to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment.  Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit.  Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process.  Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 10 business days before the site survey begins.  The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to: ADMIN@CAMTS.ORG

The Commission will acknowledge such written request in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview.  The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until the site visit is completed.

Date Posted: February 18, 2022

Did you know? Critical transport goes above and beyond!

  • 30+ employees are part of the Critical Care Transport Team
  • 940 patients are transported to Boston Children’s each year by the Transport Team
  • 100 calls a day come into the Emergency Communications Center for emergency referrals to Boston Children’s
  • 36 percent of patients transported are under two weeks old
  • $350,000 is the average cost of a pediatric-neonatal ambulance similar to Boston Children’s