More than 700 children each year receive the specialized care that only UC Davis Children’s Hospital can provide with the help of our Pediatric Transport Team. Referring physicians work with the UC Davis pediatric medical team to bring patients from distant and rural locations to our hospital for high-level care.
The Transport Program is a dedicated children’s transport team available to a 33-county area — and sometimes beyond — 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It’s just another way UC Davis remains committed to the needs of patients and the communities we serve.
When a referring physician believes a patient is in need of a higher-level of diagnosis or care, UC Davis Children’s Hospital assembles its Pediatric Transport Team. Comprised of a medical control physician and advanced role nurses, the team works with the referring physician to determine the needs of the patient. In many cases, diagnosis and treatment guidance may be provided through the telemedicine program. This allows the child to stay in a community hospital while his or her physician consults with UC Davis specialists utilizing teleconferencing technology.
If the team decides it would be best to transfer the patient, they select the most efficient form of transport possible — fixed-wing, helicopter and/or ground resources.
Transport team members have extensive training and experience in specialized care and technology available for seriously injured or ill children, infants and newborns. The team is supervised by a UC Davis critical care pediatrician.
The best care begins with the right equipment. The transport team nurses are trained to intubate and manage ventilators, when necessary. Inhaled nitric oxide is available for pediatric patients with pulmonary hypertension. High flow nasal cannula is also available on transport for pediatric patients.
Throughout the ride, the transport team provides continuous pediatric inter-hospital critical care support, ensuring that patients arrive safely at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Virpal Donley, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.
Program Manager of Pediatric Transport Team
916-734-5189 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Kenny, R.N., M.S.N.
Assistant Program Manager of Pediatric Transport Team
916-734-1033 | email@example.com