UC Davis Pediatric Transport Program

More than 600 children each year receive the specialized care that only UC Davis Children’s Hospital can provide with the help of our Pediatric Transport Program. Referring physicians work with the UC Davis neonatal and pediatric medical team to bring patients from distant and rural locations to our hospital for high-level care.

The Pediatric Transport Program is a dedicated children’s transport team available to a 33-county area – and sometimes beyond – 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It’s just another way UC Davis remains committed to the needs of patients and the communities we serve.

Pediatric Transport Services Brochure (PDF) »

  • The transport team has quick access to fixed-wing, helicopter and/or ground transport services.
  • The team carries out more than 600 transports each year.
  • A medical control physician remains in communication and in command of the team at all times.
  • The team is comprised of dedicated and experienced physicians and advanced role nurses from the Pediatric, Cardiac and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
  • When on-call for transport duty, transport team members remain “out-of-count” and do not affect PICU/PCICU or NICU staff-patient ratios when called into service.
  • Transport services are available to neonatal and pediatric patients throughout our 33-county service area – and sometimes beyond – 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

When a referring physician believes a patient is in need of a higher-level of diagnosis or care, UC Davis Children’s Hospital assembles its Pediatric Transport Team. Comprised of a medical control physician and advanced role nurses, the team works with the referring physician to determine the needs of the patient. In many cases, diagnosis and treatment guidance may be provided through the telemedicine program. This allows the child to stay in a community hospital while his or her physician consults with UC Davis specialists utilizing teleconferencing technology.

If the team decides it would be best to transfer the patient, they select the most efficient form of transport possible – fixed-wing, helicopter and/or ground resources.

Transport team members have extensive training and experience in specialized care and technology available for seriously injured or ill children, infants and newborns. The team is supervised by a UC Davis neonatologist or critical care pediatrician.

The best care begins with the right equipment. The transport team utilizes ventilators capable of multiple modes of ventilation and appropriate for neonates and pediatric patients. Nitric oxide services are available for both pediatric and neonatal patients. Double-wall isolettes are used for all neonatal transports.

Throughout the ride, the transport team provides continuous neonatal or pediatric inter-hospital critical care support, ensuring that patients arrive safely at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.