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Transport Medicine

Children’s National Medical Center is the only hospital in the Washington, DC, area with a rapid air and ground transport system dedicated exclusively for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents. Children’s highly specialized pediatric and neonatal transport team transports more than 5,000 neonates and children each year.

The Division of Transport Medicine is ready to dispatch its resources to referring facilities at a moment’s notice by either ground (ambulance) or air (helicopter). The team is led by Jennifer Schuette, MD (Critical Care Medicine), Billie L. Short, MD (Neonatology), and David J. Mathison, MD MBA (Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services), to ensure that patients receive appropriate critical treatments during their transfer to or from Children’s National.

When it comes to critical care medicine, emergency medicine and trauma services, getting support where and when you need it is everything. When your child needs urgent care at Children’s National, we are ready to dispatch our pediatric and neonatal ground and teams at a moment’s notice.


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As the region’s primary transport medicine specialists, we provide critical treatment as soon as possible, even on the go. Children’s physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical technicians (EMT) are specially trained in transport medicine for kids. Plus, all of the transport teams work with pediatric-sized equipment. This customization minimizes the risk to patients in transit to Children’s National.

Through Children’s Lifeline, we offer one point of contact for referring physicians, to provide critical medical advice, transport logistics, and hospital admission. Patients receive care tailored to their needs, and the quality of care you expect from one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals.

Children’s team also follows-up with referring medical facilities. By making the transition seamless, the healthcare team can focus on what is really important – your child’s health.

SkyBear Air Transport
Children’s National is the only hospital in the region with pediatric-only trained flight teams — ready to provide critical treatment on the way to the hospital and in the air. Thanks to SkyBear, Children’s rapid helicopter transport service, response times are faster than ever. STAT MedEvac, a direct air carrier arranges and coordinates the operation of SkyBear ambulance services.

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The transport team is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The transport team coordinates all aspects of the transport and admissions process and communicates updates to the referring physician.

Neonatal and pediatric transport, via ground or SkyBear service is through Children’s Lifeline — 202-476-LIFE (5433) or toll free at 1-800-884-LIFE (5433).

Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC)

The Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC) was established in 1988 and now serves as a comprehensive communications center for Children’s National as well as trauma and disaster services for the DC Metropolitan area.

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The Division of Transport Medicine is committed to helping to spread pediatric education to all of our referring hospitals.
We offer several educational options including:
  • Pediatric-specific discussions/lectures covering select topics in emergency medicine, trauma, or critical care
  • Case reviews
  • Mobile Simulation

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* - STAT MedEvac is a Direct Air Carrier, E3MA774L, that arranges and coordinates the operation of air ambulance services. All flights are operated by STAT MedEvac.

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