Pediatric Transport Services

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta HelicopterWhen seconds count, Children's has a pediatric-trained transport team to transfer critical patients to our hospitals for treatment.

Video: Pediatric Emergency Transport

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The Children's transport team ushers critically ill newborns, children and adolescents to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals or other specialized care hospitals in Georgia. The elite team of critical care physicians, nurses, respiratory care professionals and paramedics delivers patient care while working in specially equipped ambulances and helicopters.


  • By the Numbers

      - We complete more than 5,000 ground and air transports per year. That means we have some of the highest totals for pediatric and neonatal transport in the nation.

      - Our transport team travels more than 90,000 miles on the ground and flies more than 30,000 miles in the air each year. Our teams treat patients from all over the state.

      - We operate seven pediatric ambulances and two helicopters. These transport vehicles and helicopters are specially equipped as mobile pediatric intensive care units.

  • Helicopter Highlights

      - We have the only dedicated pediatric helicopter in Georgia. The helicopter is completely customized for pediatric patients and is ready to go at any time.

      - The helicopter is the largest transport helicopter in Metro Atlanta—it can hold two patients, one parent and four care givers if needed.

      - Children's became the first flight service in the state of Georgia to hold an EMS license from the state.

  • Advanced Training

      - Transport team members have some of the most progressive training in the industry.

      - We perform monthly scenarios with our medical directors to maintain advanced critical care skills.

  • Transporting Children vs. Adults

      When emergencies happen, our teams have the training and equipment necessary to act quickly and deliver care to critical patients.

      There is a big difference between caring for adults and caring for children—not only in the size of body parts, injuries, illnesses and equipment required, but also in how healthcare professionals comfort patients and their family.

      Our teams are trained to understand pediatric patients’ needs, and the physical and emotional differences that make treating babies, children and teens unique.

  • What to Expect

      While the transport team works to stabilize the patient and place him in the helicopter or vehicle, the team also talks with parents about what is being done to care for their child and how sick or injured their child is.

      Parents can ride in ground and helicopter emergency transport vehicles as long as they can remain calm and be a reassuring presence for the child. Having a parent travel along with the child is beneficial for many reasons, but most importantly, it allows the parent to arrive at the hospital with the child.

  • Fightin' John"Things got worse, and when they called for helicopter transport to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, I went numb. The thought of my tiny baby in a helicopter ripped through my core... to this day, every time I see or hear a helicopter, my stomach drops." 

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