Medical transport team for children holds training in a helicopter

March 21, 2013 

The Kentucky Children’s Hospital team that transports newborns and children needing medical care sharpened their skills Thursday morning. With simulators, the staff members practiced managing and caring for patients in small spaces, such as inside a helicopter or an ambulance.

The team has a dedicated attending physician, critical-care nurses and emergency medical technicians. A team is on duty around the clock. It averages 700 transports a year in a service area that includes Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee. In January, 88 patients were transported. That's the most in a single month since December 2006.

"This type of exercise is relatively new nationwide," the team's medical director, Dr. Scottie Day, said in a news release.

Photos by Charles Bertram | Staff

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