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Request the Transport Team via our dedicated Children's Transfer Line:
Covenant Children's Transport Team provides a state-of-the-art mobile
intensive care unit for transport of critically ill pediatric and neonatal
patients. We are available 24/7 and serve referral sites throughout West
Texas/Panhandle Plains and Eastern New Mexico.
Covenant Children’s Transport Team is the
only unit in our Region dedicated exclusively to children and neonates.
Calls to 844-977-KIDS will be answered by our transfer center. Patients
will be auto-accepted and referring facilities have the option to be immediately
connected to a pediatric physician specialist, a transport nurse,or a
NNP, to help facilitate care during the transfer.
We Auto-Accept ALL Pediatric Transfers
Most facilities require that they can verify they have the specialists
available before they'll accept a patient. This results in a lot of
wasted time - with long holds and/or calls back and forth required. We
eliminate that step by auto-accepting all pediatric transfers. We're
able to do this by having a breadth and depth of providers to where we
can confidently say we'll have the required critical care physicians
and/or specialists available to respond. This is primarily done via extensive
call schedules of pediatric specialists. There are very few specialties
(nephrology, cardiovascular surgery, etc.) where we do not have immediately
Preparing the Patient for Transport
When arranging for patient transport via the Transport Team, please have
this information available:
- Patient name
- Diagnosis, presenting problem, or mode of injury
- Vital signs
- Pertinent laboratory / diagnostic data
- Treatment received
- Contact phone number
Please note that we may ask for additional info to determine the needs
of the patient. This does not mean we are not accepting the patient, it
simply means we need more information to best care for the patient and
to help in our decision making. For example, if critical, we may determine
a patient needs air transport.
Why Pediatric Transport?
Medical transportation of children over substantial distances involves
distinct challenges and requires specially trained teams of healthcare
Covenant Children’s brings intensive care nursing and respiratory
care services to the referring institution and then assumes care for the
patient will in transit to Covenant Children's. The team serves children
who require intensive monitoring and continuation of intensive care therapies
while en route to Covenant Children’s.
- Our unique dispatch center is staffed to provide fast, courteous service
to the hospitals and physicians that contact Covenant Children’s
for patient referral, consultation, and transport services.
- Callers to Covenant's KIDS line will be connected with a physician,
a transport RN, RRT, and/or a NNP.
The critical care transport team uses the most up-to-date equipment, including
invasive and non-invasive cardio-respiratory monitoring, ventilators,
emergency medications, and chest drainage systems.
Nitric Oxide delivering capabilities are also available by specially trained
respiratory therapists. Nitric Oxide has been proven highly effective
with neonates with hypoxic respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension.
The physician staff of Covenant Children’s is composed of fellowship
trained (board certified) pediatric and neonatal critical care physicians
who work closely with community physicians in all aspects of patient transport.
Specially trained physicians from Covenant Children’s consult on
every patient with the referring healthcare provider.
The transport team nurses have experience in pediatric intensive care as
well as extensive training in pediatric transport. All transport team
nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced
Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). Neonatal transports will have a RN
with Neonatal Resuscitation Protocol (NRP) certification as well.
Registered Respiratory Therapists
The transport team also utilizes Registered Respiratory Therapists. They
have experience in pediatric critical care along with intensive training
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
The transport team may also utilize the highly trained skills of a neonatal
nurse practioner or Neonatologist for those infants less than 32 weeks
and less than 1500 grams.