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Critical Care Transport
The Adult and Neonatal Critical Care Transport team ensures consistency in high-risk care and decreases response time. Based at Community Hospital in Munster, the Critical Care Transport team is specially trained to monitor the highest level of care for adult and infant patients with intensive care needs, such as:
- Critically-ill or premature newborns
- Cardiac conditions that require an EKG or other heart monitoring devices
- Neurological illness or injury (brain trauma, stroke)
- Respiratory conditions (pneumonia, asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
The Critical Care Transport Team members include a respiratory therapist, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant and nurse trained in specialty care medicine. Members of the team on each transport are based on the individual patient's situation. The transport vehicle, a fully-equipped intensive care level ambulance, enables the team to provide non-stop monitoring and vital life support for neonatal, neurological, respiratory, cardiac and trauma patients.
When a critically-ill baby is born and needs to be transported to a higher level of care than a regular or special care nursery, it can be a time-consuming process. This system allow staff to expedite the process by automatically accepting premature and critically-ill babies from the other area hospitals and bringing them to Community Hospital for advanced care, or transporting them to a children's hospital for subspecialty care or surgery in a more efficient manner.
This team of healthcare professionals seamlessly coordinates care every step of the way between hospitals so families know their loved ones have direct access to the extra resources prescribed for a quality care experience.
The Critical Care Transport Team is highly-trained to provide
vital life support to patients who need access to different
levels of treatment or additional services.