The Neonatal Transport Service provides inter-facility
ground transportation of newborns 24 hours a day, seven days per week within
the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut region. The majority of neonatal transports involve
infants born at community hospitals who require treatment in a Level III neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU). Women & Infants
Hospital provides the highest levels of care for newborns, including: Pediatric
Surgery and other sub-specialty support; ECMO (at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
PICU); hypothermia; and state-of-the-art neonatal care in our 80-bed, single family
room NICU. The goals of the transport
service include are to provide efficient, timely responses; essential
stabilizing procedures and treatments; and safe, effective ground transport
with continuous assessment and monitoring to reduce morbidity and mortality.
The neonatal transport team consists of a highly
specialized, skilled team of critical care physicians and/or nurse
practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists and EMT who are all proficient in
initiating or continuing the care and stabilization of sick newborns.
We foster a team approach and work closely with our medical director
and medical control physicians while in the field to ensure the best possible
care of our patients during the transport process, using a combination of
approved protocols and guidelines as well as telephonic medical control.
What to Expect
Upon the team’s arrival, the infant will be assessed and the transport physician/NNP will discuss the plan of care with you and obtain consent for transport after stabilizing your infant. Your baby will be placed in a special transport bed and attached to monitors that will allow the constant monitoring of his/her temperature, heart rate and breathing throughout the travel back to Women & Infants Hospital. You will be able to see your infant prior to their departure.
Once your baby has arrived at Women & Infants and has been settled into a room, a member of the transport team will call you and provide an update.
Our families are at the center of all we do and part of our team approach as we strive to provide sensitive and caring support during this very stressful time. The single-family room model that the Women & Infants NICU offers encourages families to be actively involved in their baby’s care by allowing a parent to stay at their infant’s bedside throughout their stay.