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Lifeline: Pediatric Team Transports
Pediatric Specialty Team
The Pediatric Team is a service of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center (www.hopkinschildrens.org). The team is staffed by pediatric critical care nurses and physicians who accompany the Lifeline staff on pediatric calls by ground ambulance, helicopter, and fixed wing aircraft. All requests for pediatric transport are received by the transport team in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The team triages the call to determine the need for specialty care prior to arrival of the team. The team uses specialized equipment to monitor and provide care for children from birth through eighteen years of age.
The Johns Hopkins Children's Center provides a wide range of pediatric specialty services including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and is the designated Pediatric Trauma Center for Maryland. The pediatric transport service transports on average 160 patients each month. About 80% of the children are transported to the Pediatric Emergency Department and 20% are transported directly to the PICU which is a Division of Anesthesia and Critical Care (www.hopkinsmedicine.org/anesthesiology).
The Johns Hopkins Children's Center sponsors a variety of education programs for the care of pediatric patients. Courses that are offered include Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC), and Advanced Life Support Trauma Course for Nurses (ATCN). For information about upcoming courses, contact the Hopkins Outreach for Pediatric Education (HOPE) Program (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/pediatricsurgery/hope/).