The Critical Care Transport (CCT) team at Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas specializes in transporting critical patients, ranging from premature infants to young adults, via ambulance, helicopter or airplane to receive a higher level of care.

The Critical Care Transport team primarily transports patients throughout Southern Nevada, North West Arizona, Eastern California and South West Utah, but services extend throughout Nevada and even the Western US when needed.

How a Transport Works

Once a patient is accepted at Sunrise Children's Hospital, a physician (outside of Sunrise Children's Hospital) will be offered the services of the CCT team to provide the transport to Sunrise Children's Hospital. The CCT team will be sent and begin to initiate specialized care tailored to the patient's needs before they leave the sending hospital.

Child being loaded into ambulance

While on the transport, our team maintains communication with the ED or ICU Physician accepting the patient to our hospital to provide updates on patient condition and discuss care that needs to be initiated or continued by the CCT team.

During transport, to help alleviate stress for children, we have movies available as a distraction method.

The Critical Care Transport Team

The team consists of highly experienced and trained Registered Nurses (RN's) and Respiratory Therapists (RT's). All team members must have a minimum of 5 years of experience to be considered for our team, of which, as least 3 years must be in Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU and/or Transport Critical Care. Once accepted on the team, RN's and RT's then go through several months of training to ensure they are trained to the highest standard.

Critical Care Transport team standing in front of a helicopter

Our team is one of the few critical care transport teams in Nevada capable of initiating and maintaining Nitric Oxide therapy and High Frequency Ventilation for patients. Additionally, the team is able to perform Intubation, Needle Decompression, Intraosseous Access, Umbilical Catheter Placement, Obtaining Arterial Blood, iStat Blood Test, and initiate/maintain neonatal hypothermia protocol, to name a few.

Just the right size (equipment and expertise)

Our team has all of the critical care equipment needed in all the right sizes depending on the patient's size. Our team carries sophisticated critical care monitors, medication infusion pumps, and ventilators that can be used on patients smaller than 0.5 pounds to patients larger than 500 pounds.