Team Takes to the Sky
It can't be stressed enough how vital it is for a burn injured child to receive immediate care from a verified burn center. The first 24 to 48 hours are critical. In a large burn, shock, fluid loss and respiratory complications can disrupt organ function. The faster a child is under the care of a burn team, the better the chance of survival.
To reach these children, our
The flight team has transported over 1,700 children from the
"We bring specialized burn care directly to the patient. During the flight we monitor vital signs and continue fluid resuscitation and warming interventions, " says Marjorie Westerkamp, RN, Transport Team Coordinator (We saw her interviewed this last week).
This team is often the first contact the family has with our hospital. They help set the standard of care that is expected and delivered by every staff member at the hospital. Able to accommodate at least one parent on the transport, the burn team talks with the parent and explains what happens during the transport. The staff also prepares the parent for what to expect once they arrive in