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Critical Care Transport Program

Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport is the only 24-hour a day, seven day a week transport program in the region dedicated exclusively to neonates, children and adolescents. Eight teams a day are dispatched immediately from bases at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri and Children's Mercy Kansas in Overland Park, Kansas by ground ambulance, rotor wing, fixed wing and jet.

The transport team has been designed to bridge the gap between Children's Mercy and other medical facilities. Directed by Children's Mercy neonatologists and pediatric intensivists, the teams consist of advanced life support-trained critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Nearly 5300 neonatal and pediatric transports were completed last year once again placing them amongst the top specialty teams in the country. Our crews are prepared, skilled and confident in their ability to care for the most critically ill children throughout the transport process. Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport's commitment to excellence in specialty transport care has earned the Neonatal/ Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence, Fixed Wing Award of Excellence, Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence and Transport Program of the Year, all awarded by the Association of Air Medical Services. The transport program is CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services)-accredited in all three modes of transport.

Critical Care Transport Team

  • Specially trained registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and paramedics or emergency medical technicians make up the crew for each neonatal/pediatric critical care transport team.
  • Teams are trained and confident in advanced therapies during transport such as high-frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, neonatal whole-body cooling, surfactant administration, helium/oxygen therapy and effective pain management for patients of all ages.
  • Nurses and therapists are skilled at performing advanced skills such as intubation, laryngeal mask airway, long nasal CPAP, needle cricothyrotomy, chest decompression, umbilical line placement, intraosseous placement, external jugular line placement and VP shunt management.
  • Nurses and therapists have a minimum of three years of experience in pediatric or neonatal critical care and have received extensive training in disease and injury pathophysiology and pharmacology. 
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians receive 400 hours of training in specialty care and the transport process. 
  • Our 24/7 dispatch center features certified flight communication specialists (minimum emergency medical techinicians or paramedics) to dispatch the appropriate mode of transport within minutes of the request and are responsible for ground and flight following.

Children's Mercy

  • Children's Mercy Adele Hall campus, a 301 bed pediatric hospital located in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Children's Mercy Kansas, a 53 bed pediatric hospital with a 24-hour Emergency Department in Overland Park, Kansas
  • The Kansas City, MO campus has the region's only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Immediate access to more than 700 pediatric specialists covering more than 40 areas of specialty
  • The only acute-care hospital and trauma center in the area exclusively for children
  • Named one the top children's hospitals in America by Child Magazine
  • Ranked once again as one of America’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report
  • 74 bed Intensive Care Nursery with 24-hour in-house coverage by board certified neonatologists
  • 41 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with 24-hour in-house coverage by board-certified pediatric intensivists
  • The Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center
  • First hospital in Missouri and Kansas to receive Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for superior nursing quality

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