Hospital Expands Access to Kids’ Emergency Care


Hospital Expands Access to Kids’ Emergency Care
Last year, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital saw children from 61 of 64 Louisiana parishes. We treated 78,000 children, with 30,000 coming through our pediatric emergency room, which is the only one in the region.

To better serve these needs, OLOL Children's Hospital recently implemented a new Pediatric Transport Team that will bring critically ill and injured children from referring hospitals.

Our team is staffed with specially trained pediatric intensive care nurses and pediatric respiratory therapists capable of stabilizing the most critical infants and children through age 18. The in-house team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. This team is in contact with a pediatric intensivist, who advises the team during transport. The team is immediately dispatched with a twenty-minute out-of-door goal. The transport team will inform the referring hospital with the team's estimated time of arrival.

OLOL Children's Hospital has a special partnership with a contracted and licensed vendor to provide vehicles and drivers for ground transport as well as helicopters and pilots for rotor-wing flight capability. OLOL Children's Hospital uses state of the art equipment to provide emergency care, ventilator support, invasive monitoring and vasoactive drugs during transport.

A referring physician can quickly and easily arrange transport of a patient to OLOL Children's Hospital with just one call to 1-855-765-PICU (7428). A dedicated transport nurse answers the call, and a three-way call is established with the pediatric intensivist, who will collect necessary patient information from the referring hospital. Upon acceptance of the patient by the pediatric intensivist, the transport nurse immediately notifies the transport team to begin mobilization. The following information is needed to transport a patient: Patient name, age, weight andworking diagnosis; Unit where the patient is located; Name of referring physician; Referring facility name and contact number; Copy of patient’s chart, including medication record; Diagnostic reports: labs, X-rays, EKG, blood gases; and Face sheet.