Article Abstract

From the street to the ICU: a review of pediatric emergency medical services and critical care transport

Authors: Sang Hoon Lee, Hamilton P. Schwartz, Michael T. Bigham

Abstract

Emergency medical services and critical care transport teams are relatively new parts of the American healthcare delivery system. Although most healthcare providers regularly interact with these groups and rely upon their almost ubiquitous availability, few know how these services developed or what sort of infrastructure currently exists to maintain them. This article provides a focused overview of the history and present practices of both emergency medical services and critical care transport teams, with a concentrated look at the implementation of these services in the pediatric population. Within this context, we also consider current challenges and future opportunities for both groups and conclude with ways to become involved in the improvement of out-of-hospital pediatric critical care.