Emergency Response Teams: CHETA

Pediatric Critical Care

Emergency Response Teams: CHETA

UW Health's emergency transportation services program reaffirms its mission of offering comprehensive, quality health care and strengthens its role as a regional resource.
Both University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital have been certified by the American College of Surgeons as Level One Trauma Centers.
Our critical care service works with physicians, hospitals and emergency services to make available life-saving critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CHETA: Critical Care Transport

The CHETA Critical Care Transport is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art ground transport unit available to serve pediatric critical care needs.

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The Critical Care Transport ambulance boasts the complete medical capabilities of the Med Flight helicopters, meaning it is equipped to safely carry severely ill and injured children to the attention of an appropriate health care team. UW Health pediatric intensive care unit nurses and respiratory therapists staff Critical Care Transport and they have all been specially trained to respond to the specific needs of emergency and trauma situations.

Med Flight and the C.H.E.T.A Critical Transport
Critical Care Transport features: 
  • A critical care team with life support skills providing a bridge of care between health care facilities
  • A vehicle that utilizes equipment designed for pediatric patients
  • Transport services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Consultation access with a pediatric intensivist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Outreach educational programs regarding the special needs of pediatric patients are available to referring hospital staff
  • Whole body cooling for neonates at risk of brain injury

Other Services

In addition to providing emergency transportation, the Med Flight and Critical Care Transport teams are available to provide consultation and training on a variety of topics, including:
  • Interpretation of radiographs
  • Interpretation of laboratory results
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Fluid therapy
  • Equipment training
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Documentation
  • Team member roles and chain of command
  • Vehicle safety (including helicopter safety, landing zone set-up)
  • Safe transport of patients
  • Transport physiology
  • Psychosocial aspects of transport
  • Outreach and education