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Transport Medicine

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Precious Cargo

Our Transport Medicine team transports more than 5,000 children, many of them newborn babies coming to our NICU, each year.

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Children’s National Hospital is the only hospital in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with a rapid air and ground transport system dedicated exclusively for neonates, infants, children and adolescents. Our highly specialized pediatric and neonatal transport team transports more than 5,000 neonates and children each year.

The Division of Transport Medicine is ready to dispatch its resources to referring facilities at a moment’s notice by either ground (ambulance) or air (helicopter). When your child needs urgent care at Children’s National, we are ready to dispatch our pediatric and neonatal ground teams at a moment’s notice.

As the region’s primary transport medicine specialists, we provide critical treatment as soon as possible, even on the go. Our physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical technicians (EMT) are specially trained in transport medicine for kids. Plus, all of the transport teams work with pediatric-sized equipment. This customization minimizes the risk to patients in transit to Children’s National.

We offer one point of contact for referring physicians, to provide critical medical advice, transport logistics, and hospital admission. Patients receive care tailored to their needs, and the quality of care you expect from one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals.

Our team also follows-up with referring medical facilities. By making the transition seamless, the healthcare team can focus on what is really important – your child’s health.

SkyBear Air Transport

Children's National Sky Bear Transport Team on the hospital rooftop helipad next to helicopterChildren’s National is the only hospital in the region with pediatric-only trained flight teams — ready to provide critical treatment on the way to the hospital and in the air. Thanks to SkyBear, Children’s rapid helicopter transport service, response times are faster than ever. STAT MedEvac, a direct air carrier arranges and coordinates the operation of SkyBear ambulance services.

The transport team is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The transport team coordinates all aspects of the transport and admissions process and communicates updates to the referring physician.

Transport Medicine Team