WHOM DO WE TRANSPORT:
Kids birth to age 18+.
WHAT WE DO:
Provide 24-hour emergency pediatric critical care transport and consultation services for more than 1,100 pediatric transports every year.
WHERE DO WE GO:
- Physician Offices
- Just one phone call to 858-277-3404 (emergency transport line directly to the PICU charge nurse).
- Team mobilized within 10 minutes
- ALS* Team: 24 hours a day/seven days a week
- MD + ALS Team: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Team mobilized within 30 minutes.MD + ALS Team: Monday-Friday 5 .a.m..-8 a.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday
- Southern California
- San Diego County
- Imperial County
- Riverside County
- and other areas by request
- Respiratory 39%
- Neurologic 21%
- Sepsis/Fever/GI 8%
- Trauma 11%
- Ingestions 4%
- Cardiac 4%
- Foreign Body Aspiration 2%
- Near Drowning 1%
- Misc Other 10%
Bi-monthly CHET M&M (First Friday of even months 730-830 a.m.)
- Clinical Medical Director: Brad Peterson, M.D.
- Administrative Medical Director: Herb Kimmons, M.D.
- Clinical Program Coordinator: Dana Patrick, R.N.
*ALS Team - 70% of all Transports
- Must have minimum of five years PICU experience
- R.N.s and RCPs must be PALS certified
- Agrees to all modes of Transport (helicopter, fixed-wing airplane and ground)
- Schedule flexibility required
- Agrees to accept shared responsibility for ALS/CHET program success
(Team philosophy is to work together to provide ALS coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Must be experienced PICU and CHET RN (minimum five years PICU experience)
Must have TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course – National Emergency Nurse Association Certification)
Respiratory Care Practitioners:
Must be experienced PICU and CHET RT
(minimum five years PICU experience)
ALS Team and PICU Medical Team (Attendings, Fellows, PNPs) written evaluation of the following: Clinical Skills, Leadership skills, Professionalism, Self-development and Teamwork
All ALS R.N.s and RTs must successfully complete the same training program.
48 hours didactic training with final written and performance exams (minimum scores required for written exam; must pass performance evaluation)
Clinical Training - by PCCNPs and Senior Fellows on Transport
ALL Team members must exhibit clinical competency during orientation and on semi-annual basis with the following skills:
- Endotracheal Intubation
- X-ray Interpretation
- R.N.s must obtain and document History and Physical
- RCPs must complete and document complete physical patient assessment, including VS and on-going reassessment
- Extensive knowledge of all CHET medications
- Needle Thoracentesis
- External Jugular Vein cannulation
- Intraosseous needle insertion
- Peripheral IV insertion expert
- Extensive knowledge of all CHET equipment
- Helicopter (Mercy Air) Safety check and competency (annual)
- Fixed wing (Critical Air) Safety Checks (annual)
- Ground Ambulance safety (annual)