Critical Care Transport Team (CCTT) Program is a dedicated children’s transport team available to a 33-county area – and sometimes beyond – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  More than 900 children are transported each year to UC Davis Children’s Hospital via the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport program.

Critical Care Transport Team

UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team members (May 2016)

The Right Team

UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s Critical Care Transport Team is the most comprehensive in Northern California, with the capability of traveling by ground via ambulance or by air via fixed-wing (Sacramento Executive Airport) or rotor wing (hospital helipad). The team is comprised of dedicated advanced practice role nurses with pediatric experience. They specialize in bringing an advanced level of care to infants and children at surrounding community hospitals, where the proper resources may not be available.

The Right Equipment

The customized, top-of-the-line ambulance, wrapped from roof to rims in family friendly images and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® iconic balloon, made its debut in May 2016. The ambulance is the result of a grant from Children’s Miracle Network, which finances the lease of the vehicle from First Responder EMS-Sacramento, Inc.

Critical Care Transport Team ambulance

UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team ambulance (May 2016)

The new ambulance’s features include:

  • A compressible water system, as opposed to conventional shock absorbers, making for a quieter, more comfortable, stable ride for both the team and the patient.
  • A patient-care compartment built with a steel safety cage that protects occupants in the event of a broadside impact or roll-over accident.
  • An Automatic Vehicle Locator and Global Positioning Satellite System to track the vehicle throughout transport.
  • Five-point restraint systems that include single-button release for rapid evacuation on all five seats inside the ambulance.
  • Ventilators capable of multiple modes of ventilation appropriate for neonates and pediatric patients. Nitric oxide is available for both neonatal and pediatric patients.
  • Dual-functioning air conditioning and heater system to cool or heat it rapidly, which is especially important during hot Central Valley summers.
  • A double-locked safe inside the patient compartment to ensure safe narcotics storage.
  • Two state-of-the-art transport isolettes, equipped with the latest medical equipment to aid in providing the advanced level of care required for the most vulnerable neonatal patients.

Click here to learn more about the CCTT program.

Tour the Ambulance