Transport/Transfer (Pediatric and Neonatal)

We auto-accept ALL pediatric trauma and most other needs

Covenant Children’s Transport Teams are specialized to meet the needs of critically ill newborns and kids. This dedicated transport team is staffed 24/7 by a registered nurse and respiratory therapist with extensive training and experience in neonatal and pediatric critical care.

The transport team is supported in real-time by the accepting physician and their Medical Director.

Our transport teams respiratory capabilities include high flow nasal canula, non-invasive ventilation, nasal CPAP, and inhaled Nitric Oxide.

Flight Team Proficiencies

Team members are dedicated to ambulance and flight safety, as well as educated in advanced practice skills.

For Neonatal Transport this includes:

  • Advanced airway management, including intubations
  • High frequency ventilation
  • Inhaled Nitric Oxide (INO)
  • ECMO evaluations
  • High-risk deliveries and neonatal resuscitation
  • UAC/UVC placement
  • Active total body cooling

Certifications including BLS, PALS, NRP, and STABLE are required of neonatal flight team members.

For Pediatric Transports this includes:

  • Advanced airway management, including intubations
  • Advanced respiratory support
  • Needle thoracostomy
  • IO placement
  • ECMO evaluations
  • Initiation and management of inotropes

Certifications including BLS, PALS, ACLS, TNCC, ENPC, NRP and STABLE are required of the pediatric flight team members.

For Providers

Initiating a Transfer

To initiate a transfer, call (844) 977–KIDS (5437).

What information do you need to provide when setting up a transport?

  • Gestational age, prenatal care provided and birth weight
  • Diagnosis
  • Focused history and assessment findings

What happens when a transport is initiated?

After you call (844) 977–KIDS (5437), our trained transfer center staff will arrange the logistics. This unique service simplifies the process of transferring a patient, connecting you to the physician, hospital and your transport team.

Can a parent travel with the child during transport?

During transfer by ambulance, one parent rider may accompany his or her child. During helicopter transfers, parents are not able to accompany their child due to flight and safety restrictions.

Follow-Up

Following the transport, a member of our Transport Team will communicate with the referring physician regarding the patient progress and outcome. After discharge, a written summary will be sent so the continuity of care can be maintained.

Transport Leadership

Specialty Transport Services Coordinator

Cherish Brodbeck, BSN, RNC-OB, LP
Cherish.Brodbeck@stjoe.org
(972) 965-6973