(From the February 2013 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's)
Nationwide Children’s transport program provides 24-hour pediatric and neonatal critical care transport services via mobile ICU, helicopter and jet. The transport team completes nearly 1,800 transports each year from referring hospitals and Nationwide Children’s Urgent Care facilities and more than half of these transports are for newborn patients. Beginning this month, the team has a dedicated new aircraft to support their work.
We’re expanding our critical care transport services by getting our own helicopter. Monarch I is a new addition for our Critical Care transport team and will help improve response times and provide better service for our patients. While the helicopter will primarily be used to transport neonates, it will also be available for transporting pediatric patients.
Monarch I, an EC145 helicopter, was selected specifically to fit the needs of our patient population, with special consideration for critically ill neonates. Based at The Ohio State University Airport, Monarch I is equipped with state-of-the-art critical care equipment, IFR technology that allows the aircraft to fly in low visibility and a combination of nitric oxide therapies and High Frequency Ventilation for patients that need respiratory care while in transport. Monarch I is the only Ohio transport helicopter that offers this kind of respiratory care for neonatal patients.
The new helicopter’s large cabin has the potential to allow a parent or guardian to ride on-board during the transport of their child. The cabin size also accommodates additional expert staff members to ensure patient safety while in flight. The overall aircraft is also a larger model allowing the team to travel farther at higher speeds. Monarch I will serve as an addition to the existing ground-based and air transport options offered by Nationwide Children’s and MedFlight, the current partner for helicopter transport. The helicopter will focus on transfers between hospitals and will not land at accident scenes. You may have already seen Monarch I’s distinctive look in the air around central Ohio since training flights began in January. The new service officially begins in February.
Did you know?
The farthest trip ever made by the NCH transport team was to Arizona.
The transport team makes an average of five trips every day.
Transport team members have more than 400 years combined experience with our primary care providers.
The average trip is 3.5 hours.
The most trips made in one day? 12