NEWS | June 6, 2016

Critical Care Transport Team gets a new ride


The best care begins not only with the right team, but also the right equipment. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team (CCTT) 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. More than 900 children are transported each year to UC Davis Children’s Hospital via the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport program.

Critical Care Transport Team
UC Davis Children's Hospital Critical Care Transport Team members (May 2016)

The right team

UC Davis Children's Hospital's Critical Care Transport Team is the most comprehensive in Northern California, with the capability of traveling by ground via ambulance or by air via fixed-wing (Sacramento Executive Airport) or rotor wing (hospital helipad). The team is comprised of dedicated advanced practice role nurses with pediatric experience. They specialize in bringing an advanced level of care to infants and children at surrounding community hospitals, where the proper resources may not be available.

The right equipment

The customized, top-of-the-line ambulance, wrapped from roof to rims in family friendly images and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® iconic balloon, made its debut in May 2016. The ambulance is the result of a grant from Children’s Miracle Network, which finances the lease of the vehicle from First Responder EMS-Sacramento, Inc.

Critical Care Transport Team ambulance
UC Davis Children's Hospital Critical Care Transport Team ambulance (May 2016)

The new ambulance's features include:

  • A compressible water system, as opposed to conventional shock absorbers, making for a quieter, more comfortable, stable ride for both the team and the patient.
  • A patient-care compartment built with a steel safety cage that protects occupants in the event of a broadside impact or roll-over accident.
  • An Automatic Vehicle Locator and Global Positioning Satellite System to track the vehicle throughout transport.
  • Five-point restraint systems that include single-button release for rapid evacuation on all five seats inside the ambulance.
  • Ventilators capable of multiple modes of ventilation appropriate for neonates and pediatric patients. Nitric oxide is available for both neonatal and pediatric patients.
  • Dual-functioning air conditioning and heater system to cool or heat it rapidly, which is especially important during hot Central Valley summers.
  • A double-locked safe inside the patient compartment to ensure safe narcotics storage.
  • Two state-of-the-art transport isolettes, equipped with the latest medical equipment to aid in providing the advanced level of care required for the most vulnerable neonatal patients.

Click here to learn more about the CCTT program.

Tour the ambulance


Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can "put your money where the miracles are," at and

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients. The 120-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit