CHETA: Highly Specialized Caregivers Transporting Kids

Pediatric Critical Care

CHETA: Highly Specialized Caregivers Transporting Kids

When a seriously ill baby or child requires transportation to more specialized care, our critical care transport team and CHETA are ready to go.

The registered nurses and respiratory therapists who staff our Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance (CHETA) are specially trained in emergency medical care. With their skills and CHETA's life-sustaining equipment, we can transport children ranging from neonates to teenagers. Every CHETA transport is supervised by a UW Health attending physician who is an expert in transport medicine and pediatric critical care.

So what makes CHETA so special? Some might consider CHETA a pediatric intensive care unit on wheels, with a few more bells and whistles:

  • Distraction can help take a child's mind off their pain or illness, so kids can watch a movie or cartoons while they are being transported.
  • CHETA's hands-free communication system interfaces with the medical equipment on board to transfer critical patient information in real time to specialists preparing for the patient's arrival.
  • The CHETA team can consult with the physician to make any adjustments and keep the child as comfortable and stable as possible while en route to American Family Children's Hospital or another destination.