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Children’s is one of only a handful of pediatric hospitals in the United States with special transport for children in heart failure. Our team is ready around-the-clock to transport even the youngest patients who depend on mechanical circulatory support.
Many hospitals are reluctant to move children on support devices, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), even within their own buildings. Moving young patients whose lives depend on mechanical heart support equipment involves risks.
Yet UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has a unique transport service for children supported by ECMO or ventricular assist devices (VADs).
Our dedicated transport team is available 24/7 to bring the most critically ill children — even hundreds of miles — to Pittsburgh.
We've brought children to receive life-saving care at the Heart Institute at Children’s from cities such as:
Children’s unique transport method includes the use of equipment specially designed by our cardiology team to help move young patients safely. We can usually arrange transports within one day.
Our transport service includes:
The mode of transport — helicopter, plane, or ambulance — depends on the length of the trip and weather conditions.
Once the transport team arrives, it takes about 2-1/2 hours to move a child from the bedside into the aircraft or ambulance.
The total transport time — from leaving Children's Hospital to returning to Pittsburgh with the child — takes about 12 hours.
The ECMO transport team consists of five highly skilled experts, including:
The VAD transport team includes:
To refer a child for critical care specialty transport, doctors can call 412-692-5000. Children's transport team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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