Pediatric Critical Care Transport

The pediatric critical care transport team at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides safe, rapid transport of sick or injured babies and children who need to be transferred for specialty care.

Need transport?

Call 1-855-984-4692 for 24/7 access to an attending PICU physician and begin the transfer process.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends transport of pediatric patients by a dedicated pediatric specialty care team, based on research that shows fewer complications and better survival rates in patients who receive bedside-quality care during transport.

Our pediatric critical care transport team includes the skilled medical personnel and the advanced equipment necessary to deliver personalized critical care. This means patients receive expert care faster, with continuity of care as they are transferred to a specialist.

A mobile pediatric intensive care unit

Our pediatric critical care transport team provides rapid stabilization and safe transport for critically ill patients. We deliver the expertise of an ICU—the advanced level of care you’d expect from Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital.

Our team specializes in transporting:

  • Patients who have a compromised airway or need a ventilator (both non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation).
  • Patients whose condition may deteriorate during transport, such as children with complex congenital heart disease.
  • Patients who need complex interventions during transport, including inhalational nitric oxide therapy.

We also provide return transport for patients who need it.

Iowa's only nationally ranked children's hospital

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital serves families from every county in Iowa as well as families from many other states. We provide pediatric care in more than 200 medical specialties, and we’re the only children’s hospital in Iowa with a Level 1 pediatric trauma center and a dedicated pediatric surgical team.