Driscoll Health System offers pediatric healthcare that covers morethan 30 medical and surgical specialties, serving patients that range fromthe smallest neonates to teenagers. Driscoll Children’s Hospital in CorpusChristi, Driscoll Specialty Clinics in Brownsville, McAllen, Harlingen,Laredo and Victoria, and Driscoll Children’s Quick Care are among thefacilities ready to serve the children of South Texas.Driscoll has an informal mantra said throughout its System: morecare for more kids. This sentiment has guided Driscoll’s expansion todifferent cities across the region. At the same time, Driscoll realized ithad to do more than just provide pediatric healthcare locations – it hadto get children in need to these locations.The Driscoll Critical Care Transport Team is a specialized team ofclinical professionals who are able to provide care to children of all ageswhile moving them to and from medical facilities.
The Driscoll Critical Care Transport team is the only neonatal/pediatric transport team south of Houston and San Antonio. The Critical Care Transport Team covers thirty-one South Texas counties,which is 33,000 square miles. They have three individual teams on dutytwenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; one team is in McAllen, theother two are in Corpus Christi.Essentially, they bring the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department to the patient andprovide the highest level of care in the region.
The Team MembersThe team is made up of 33 critical care transport staff membersconsisting of Registered Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists and Paramedics, three Clinical Coordinators, two Outreach Educators, aSupport Specialist and a Director.
In striving for continuous advancementand education, all Transport staff go through specialized training to workwith children.“We require that all of our staff have at least three years of eitherintensive care experience or a 911 background,” said Jeremy Goodman,Director of Critical Care Transport.“We have an extensive orientation to include advanced airway skills,X-ray interpretation, in-depth code situations, math skills, an emergencyvehicle operation course, advanced medication administration, IV(intravenous) and IO (intraosseous) placement, flight physiology andcritical stress management, to name a few.“Most of our staff are also instructors in Pediatric Advanced Life Support,Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program,Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support and Basic Life Support.”