DETROIT — The Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center has expanded its Pediatric and Neonatal Ambulance service to include two full time care teams available for transporting sick children from area hospitals to Children’s Hospital for advanced pediatric medical and/or surgical specialty care.
The team is staffed by both registered nurses and respiratory therapists all trained in neonatal and pediatric critical care, who work in concert with neonatal and pediatric intensive care and emergency specialists on staff to quickly transport critically-ill or injured children to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan when needed, the hospital officials said. Team nurses all have special certifications in: advanced cardiovascular life support , pediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation program, and basic life support as well as certification for neonatal and pediatric transport, and community hospitals can request the team anytime day or night, to quickly and safely transport sick, and injured children via dedicated ground or air ambulance to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, according to hospital officials
“Many community hospitals treat both adults and children, but very few hospitals across the country and in Michigan do what the Children’s Hospital of Michigan does to provide comprehensive critical care services and specialists just for children,” said Larry Gold, president of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Hospital officials said the team, which serves as a mobile extension of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, transports more than 1,200 neonatal and pediatric patients from hospitals throughout the state, surrounding states, and Ontario, Canada to its midtown Detroit location annually.