The kind of results we’re looking for.
A great example of innovation leading to an improved method of care delivery is Children’s Critical Care Transport Team. The Hospital approaches our program in a different way. Our team is composed of 15 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) registered nurses and 11 ICU respiratory therapists. Each team member has specialized training and advanced practice certifications in their specialty, as well as many years’ experience in either the PICU or NICU setting. One of each of these specialists is present during every transport.
“This specialized team is an extension of Children’s PICU and NICU, with the ability to take intensive care to the patient, putting the patient on the road to recovery sooner,” said Jennifer Reyes, manager of Children’s Access Center. In fact, Children’s “Air George” helicopter is often referred to as an ICU on skids.
The results of our approach? The team transports more than 1,600 critically ill and injured neonates and children a year by helicopter, ambulance and plane. We completed 1,019 neonatal transports in 2009, more than any other California transport team – and we do it faster with better patient survival rates, according to California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) data. We also completed an additional 583 pediatric transports.
Our team is especially quick, departing for the referring facility in an average of 52 minutes while other California neonatal teams average 74 minutes. And although Children’s has such a broad coverage area (45,000 sq. miles), we reach our patient faster. From when the patient is referred to the time the team arrives at the hospital of origin takes an average of 1 hour 38 minutes, compared to 2 hours 39 minutes for other regional teams.