Emergency Response Teams: CHETA

Pediatric Critical Care

Emergency Response Teams: CHETA

Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance

CHETA (Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance) is comprised of team members who have extensive experience caring for critically ill and injured children and newborns. Pediatric patients are transported using the CHETA ground ambulances or UW Med Flight helicopters-accompanied by an advanced provider. This ensures that our program provides the highest level of interfacility transport care available in the region.

The CHETA team is staffed with registered nurses and respiratory therapists with backgrounds in pediatric and neonatal critical care. All have PALS, ACLS, NRP, STABLE certificates and all have specialty certification (ie: CCRN, CEN, CPEN). When needed, a physician may ride along to help care for the patient.

CHETA provides transport service from any facility in the region to the American Family Children’s Hospital general care unit, PICU, Level 4 NICU, Emergency Department and to the Level 3 NICU at UnityPoint Health – Meriter.

Med Flight and the C.H.E.T.A Critical Transport

Critical Care Transport features:

  • Transport services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • A critical care team with life support skills providing a bridge of care between healthcare facilities
  • Two fully equipped, state-of-the-art specialized ground transfer vehicles that utilize equipment designed for pediatric and neonatal patients
  • Multiple EC-135 rotary aircraft configured to carry equipment designed for pediatric and neonatal patients
  • 24/7 consultation access with a pediatric or neonatal intensivist
  • Outreach and 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
  • Nitric oxide and high-frequency ventilation for neonates with pulmonary hypertension

In addition to providing emergency transportation, the UW 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