Life Flight Children’s Services’ pediatric team is Utah's only dedicated pediatric transport team servicing infants and children from 0-18 yrs in a five state referral area via fixed wing, rotor wing, and ground ambulance. Based out of Level 1 Trauma Centers Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City and Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, as well as, McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, and Utah Valley Medical Center in Provo, pediatric helicopter transport is immediately available around the clock to serve the Intermountain region. In addition, pediatric airplane transport is available 24/7 from Salt Lake International Airport for infants and children needing expert medical care outside of the local Intermountain area.
The pediatric transport team brings the expertise of the Primary Children’s Medical Center to the pre-hospital and inter-hospital environments. Pediatric transport nurses must have excellent critical decision making skills as well as procedural competence including intubations, difficult airway management: needle and surgical cricothyrotomy, laryngeal mask airway (LMA) proficiency, needle thoracentesis, chest tube thoracostomy, IO placement, and pericardiocentesis.
In order to meet the needs of such a wide age range, the specialty team carries appropriately sized pediatric equipment. In addition, a pediatric transport ventilator that accommodates settings specific to infants and children as well as an I-STAT laboratory are standard equipment on all flights, allowing the team to tailor care specific to the patient’s changing condition.
The pediatric team communicates directly with the on-duty physician who will be receiving the patient at Primary Children's Medical Center. A plan of care is discussed and implemented prior to departure from the referring facility or location.
The pediatric team is the only air ambulance service in the Intermountain area with nurses specially trained in the care and treatment of critically ill and injured children. Pediatric nurses have a minimum of 5 years clinical experience in either the Emergency Department and/or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children's Medical Center.
In addition to responding to interfacility calls, our pediatric team is the only team of its kind in the United States that responds to "out-of-hospital" requests by local emergency medical services in the field. As part of a nurse/paramedic team, the pediatric nurse brings immediate expert care to the child requiring emergency medical stabilization in the urban and backcountry scene. This out of hospital response provides an optimal level of care to the patient by combining the specialized pediatric knowledge of the pediatric RN with the scene expertise of the EMS provider.
Gold Cross Ambulance, in partnership with Intermountain Life Flight and Primary Children's Medical Center, provides a specially engineered and equipped Neonatal/Pediatric ICU Ambulance. This dedicated unit is stationed 24/7 at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City and complements Intermountain Life Flight's helicopter and fixed-wing fleet of aircraft.
The specialized ambulance offers enhanced space for neonatal/infant incubators with cardiopulmonary monitoring, ventilators, infusion pumps, nitric oxide, and other specialized equipment. The unit also includes a self-contained power supply to maintain optimal thermal environment, compressed air, suction devices, and other modifications to provide state of the art patient care.
Staffed by neonatal and pediatric flight nurses as well as pediatric respiratory therapists, the ground ambulance delivers the expertise and skills of Primary Children's Medical Center to the referring hospital and enables that extraordinary level of care to continue en route back to the receiving hospital.
Life Flight Children’s Services pediatric team is proud to provide extraordinary care to the Intermountain region’s pediatric community, always keeping in mind Primary Children’s Medical Center’s philosophy of “The Child First and Always”.