Arranging Emergency Transport
To transport an adult or pediatric patient
To transport a neonate
UW Health's Critical Care Transport Program works with physicians, hospitals and emergency services to make life-saving care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
UW Med Flight
The Med Flight team includes specially-trained emergency physicians, flight nurses, dispatchers and pilots who fly to other facilities and emergency scenes within a 225-mile radius of Madison.
Med Flight's medical compartment is essentially a flying emergency room, equipped with airway equipment including a ventilator, blood pressure and heart monitors, IV equipment, defibrillators and pacemaker equipment.
Also on board is a complete array of emergency medicine drugs, including those for treating heart attacks and brain injuries.
CHETA: Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance
CHETA is the American Family Children's Hospital critical care transport ambulance. With both air and ground critical care transport, our program provides highest level of interfacility transport care available in the region.
CHETA provides a minimum team composition of advanced-trained, PALS-certified pediatric intensive care nurses and pediatric respiratory therapists.
A pediatric critical care fellow or staff physician may accompany the transport team if patient acuity requires that level of care.
In addition, the CHETA team transports neonates from throughout the region to Madison for advanced medical care. CHETA provides service to two NICUs: the Level 3 NICU at UnityPoint Health – Meriter and the Level 4 NICU at UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital.
In addition to transport, Med Flight and Critical Care Transport teams are available to provide consultation and training on a variety of topics, including:
- Interpretation of radiographs
- Interpretation of laboratory results
- Fluid therapy
- Equipment training
- Legal and ethical issues
- Team member roles and chain of command
- Vehicle safety (including helicopter safety, landing zone set-up)
- Safe transport of patients
- Transport physiology
- Psychosocial aspects of transport
- Outreach and education