Advanced Technology and Training
CHOC’s “mobile intensive care unit” includes a fleet of five state-of-the-art ambulances and a helicopter, all fully stocked with the latest devices and equipment to stabilize patients. The team consists of 13 registered nurses (RNs), 13 respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) and 15 emergency medical technicians (EMTs), led by pediatric medical director Dr. Jason Knight and neonatal medical director Dr. Daryoush Bassiri. Critical care physicians from the CHOC neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) are available to assist the Transport Team as needed.
- CHOC was the first hospital in the United States to take high-frequency ventilation “on the road” to treat fragile patients with respiratory or cardiac failure.
- In Orange County, CHOC is the only hospital with the ability to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during transport.
- Our Transport Team RNs and RCPs are advanced scope skilled and trained to perform airway intubation (ETT and LMA), umbilical line placement, EZ-IO insertion and needle thoracentesis.
- To prevent neurological damage, most importantly in newborns, the Transport Team can immediately begin therapeutic hypothermia at another hospital, using the CritiCool™ transport unit. In fact, CHOC served as the Federal Aviation Administration test site to approve the use of the CritiCool™ device while in flight.
- The Transport Team is equipped with RP-Xpress®, a telemedicine device that allows CHOC physicians to remotely assess and monitor a patient from miles away. The device’s medical-grade camera and dual audio modes give physicians the ability to have face-to-face consultations with patients and families, and the health care professionals who are on the ground.