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Pediatric & Neonatal

Pediatric/Neonatal Conditions

We specialize in pediatric and neonatal transports for critically ill or injured children and infants who need emergency care or a critical care transfer. As part of the state’s largest healthcare system, we have priority access to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital.

IU Health LifeLine provides specialized care for pediatric and neonatal patients at any hospital or location within the state of Indiana.

When advanced care is needed, pediatric/neonatal patients are transported to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley Hospital for Children, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital, or the closest, most appropriate medical center. PICUs and NICUs specialize in services for critically ill children and have Pediatric Intensivists and Neonatologists available 24 hours a day. PICUs are staffed with specialty and sub-specialty clinicians, such as pediatric nurses and respiratory therapists, to provide the highest quality of pediatric care.

To put children and families at ease, we take special care to provide comfort onboard ground transports by providing items like a movie or a stuffed animal to help calm children. If you have a special need for your pediatric patient, please let the IU Health 24/7 Transfer Center know when requesting IU Health LifeLine.

Pediatric/Neonatal Technologies

Our aircraft and MICUs provide critical care and stabilization for critically ill children with pediatric/neonatal-specific technology. All specialized care equipment used during pediatric/neonatal critical care transfers provide the same high level of care that our adult patients receive. Some additional specialized equipment, specific to pediatric/neonatal transfers include:

Isolette maintains safe temperature and environmental conditions for neonatal/pediatric patients up to 15 pounds by providing:

  • Temperature regulation
  • Oxygenation
  • High Frequency Ventilation
  • Environmental protection
  • Maintenance of fluid balance
  • Medication administration
  • Patient observation

Pediatric/Neonatal Team

IU Health LifeLine neonatal/pediatric transports require a specialized team of highly trained neonatal/pediatric clinicians to provide a high level of neonatal/pediatric critical care. Our teams have the following certifications: 

Pediatrics Neonatal transfer team
Pediatric Critical Care Nurse (PCCN)
Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

Pediatric transfer team 
Certified Critical Care Flight Nurses (CFRN)
Certified Flight Paramedics (FPC)

Additional certifications
Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

These advanced certifications equip our clinicians with the knowledge and skill needed to better assess, manage and improve outcomes for critically ill children.