The Neonatal Transport Team at McMaster Childrens Hospital provides stabilization and transport for premature and full-term infants, newborn to 28 days of age, requiring a higher level of care.
The team consists of nurses who have advanced training in neonatal transport medicine. Team members are required to complete a competency-based, comprehensive training program followed by ongoing skill and knowledge maintenance.
The team includes experienced and knowledgeable registered nurses. Leadership is provided by a coordinator and medical director.
The team transports over 400 babies annually for emergent stabilization, repatriation and consultation. We also provide attendance at high-risk deliveries where pediatric coverage is not available.
The program utilizes state of the art equipment specially designed for neonatal transport, mirroring the standards of care found in neonatal units.
Transportation is provided by private transfer service (OPT), regional EMS and ORNGE. Criticall is instrumental in assisting the team to ensure every infant gets to the right level of care. If our NICU is unable to accommodate an infant our team will then transport that infant to another facility where space is available.
Our transport hotline is manned 24/7 by a neonatal fellow for transport requests, consultation and advice.