Certified transport teams

All our transport team nurses are registered nurses and are required to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the emergency unit (EU), NICU or PICU. Our transport team paramedics have extensive EMS field experience and are highly skilled in management of emergent situations.

Our transport team nurses and paramedics have a variety of certifications, including:

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

  • National trauma

Additional expertise as needed

Some transports may include pediatric specialists such as a cardiologist or neonatologist, as needed. We also offer:

  • ECMO transport team: Includes a critical care physician, perfusionist and critical care transport nurse along with CARDIOHELP, an FDA-approved ECMO circuit to support a patient’s cardio-pulmonary needs. 

  • Maternal/fetal transport: Includes a Barnes-Jewish Hospital high-risk obstetrical nurse and an experienced pediatric/neonatal nurse and/or paramedic. This team enables us to transition from transporting a high-risk mom to delivering and providing care to a baby.

  • Respiratory care during transport: Includes respiratory therapists as part of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU). This team has expertise in the most advanced respiratory therapies available, including technology specifically designed for use in airplanes or helicopters.

Ready to respond

The transport team is ready to respond 24/7. Our primary response area includes hospitals in Missouri and Illinois. We also provide services throughout the United States and Canada. The appropriate mode of transport is based on the patient’s condition, the weather, and distance.

Multiple modes of transport

We have multiple ways to transfer patients safely:

  • Mobile intensive care units (MICUs): Three MICUs carry equipment and supplies for airway management, artificial ventilation, oxygenation, suction and patient monitoring.  

  • Helicopters: We have two helicopters equipped to carry newborns and pediatric patients. This includes specialized ventilators, monitors and pediatric airway equipment, IVs and medications. 

  • Airplane: Fixed wing flights are equipped the same as our helicopters; they are usually used for long distances or in cases where the helicopter is unable to fly.

Stabilizing patients for transport

Upon arrival at the referring hospital, patients are stabilized and readied for transport.

  • The team follows a policy of family-centered care, and family members are encouraged to be present when possible.

  • When the patient is ready for transport, the transport team calls St. Louis Children’s Hospital and relays any specific care needs to the receiving physician.

  • If there are any changes en route, the transport team has the ability to communicate these to the receiving unit so that the child will receive the care he or she needs.