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Critical Care Transport Program

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' Critical Care Transport in Kansas City, Mo. is a 24-hour a day dedicated pediatric- and neonatal-critical care transport program, and winner of the Transport Program of the Year, sponsored by the Association of Air Medical Services.

The transport team has been designed to bridge the gap between Children's Mercy Hospital and other medical facilities to provide the most advanced, cutting-edge care for neonatal and pediatric patients in the transport environment. In addition, Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport has earned the Fixed Wing Award of Excellence and the Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence. 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 emergency medical technicians make up the crew for each neonatal/pediatric transport team.
  • Teams provide advanced therapies on 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 perform 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 years of experience in pediatric and neonatal critical care and have received extensive training in disease and injury pathophysiology and pharmacology. 
  • Emergency medical technicians receive 400 hours of training in specialty care and the transport process. 
  • A 24-hour dispatch center has certified flight communication specialists which dispatch every mode of transport within minutes of the transport request and are responsible for ground and flight following.

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

  • A 317-bed pediatric referral hospital located in Kansas City, Mo.
  • A 54-bed pediatric hospital with a 24-hour Emergency Department in Overland Park, Kan.
  • The region's only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Immediate access to more than 400 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
  • 60-bed Intensive Care Nursery with 24-hour in-house coverage by board certified neonatologists
  • 27-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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