Med Flight Air and Ground Transport

Pediatric Critical Care

Med Flight Air and Ground Transport

Med Flight has team members who have extensive experience caring for critically ill and injured children and newborns. Patients can be transported by ground or air. This ensures that our program provides the highest level of interfacility transport care available in the region.

Our pediatric team includes 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 specialist provider may ride along to help care for the patient.

We transport patients from any facility in the region to any other facility. Many patients are referred 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 features:

  • Transport services available 24 hours a day, seven 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-145 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 Med Flight team is 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