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J Trauma. 2009 Aug;67(2 Suppl):S168-71. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181af6086.

Pediatric and neonatal interfacility transport medicine after mass casualty incidents.

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency and Transport Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California and the Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA.


Pediatric and neonatal interfacility transport medicine is a relatively young but a rapidly evolving specialty. Transport teams are essential for the safe interfacility movement of critically ill patients. A mass casualty incident (MCI) can present major challenges for a critical care transport team. This article will examine the capabilities and limitations of pediatric and neonatal critical care transport teams. The predicaments brought about by Hurricane Katrina that hindered the evacuation of pediatric and neonatal patients out of ravaged hospitals are also reviewed. From these experiences, recommendations to improve the efficiency and efficacy of interfacility transport of pediatric patients will be presented.

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