As interfacility (hospital-to-hospital) transfers require higher level Critical Care training for paramedics to care for high acuity sick and injured patients in ambulances and medical helicopters, it is imperative that all EMS professionals work together to provide the safest and best quality care to their patients. The safety and timeliness of the journey from point A to point B is just as crucial to the patient’s condition as the team’s actions in the back of the unit.
The Association of Critical Care Transports (ACCT) defines a Critical Care Transport Team as the following:
CCT services are delivered by a CCT team consisting of at least two clinical personnel who possess a scope of practice, education, training, experience, and requisite decision making skills to assess and support a highly complex patient active or potential vital organ system failure and/or to, at minimum, prevent further life threatening deterioration of the patient’s condition during transport.
EMTs hired by Covalent Health providers have the opportunity to receive valuable training in the Critical Care Transport Program and gain opportunities to participate in providing patients with a higher level of care. Though there are national guidelines in place for Critical Care, each state has individual rules in place for the certification process and which personnel are qualified to be part of a Critical Care Transport Team.
Steven Harrigan, a Training Coordinator with Covalent Health’s provider ProTransport-1, describes the training process that EMTs have to go through to be certified with his provider in California:
Critical Care Transports are of the utmost importance when it comes down to transporting and caring for the more critical patients at the most appropriate facility. Our EMT’s and Paramedics work hand in hand with our CCT RN’s in handling these highly critical transports… While in the field, working alongside their FTO, a newly hired EMT will learn how to appropriately assist the CCT RN and should learn to practice skills including lifts techniques, how to perform quality checks on a critical patient, learn how to set up and operate the monitors, 12 LEAD ECG, as well as setting up the LTV 1200 Ventilator. Caring for and transporting critical patients is an advanced skill due to the need for expedited transfers and transports. EMT’s practice many times to hone their skills and learn how to operate around the IV’s, ECG lead wires, and vent tubing. Hand in hand with the RN’s, the EMT’s learn to be a team and work as one to provide the best care for our patients.
If you’re interested in providing support or developing uniquely important skills, consider becoming a CCT EMT yourself with a Covalent Health provider: ProTransport-1 of Northern California, ATS Medical Services and Priority One of Illinois and Indiana, PRN Ambulance of Southern California and Century Ambulance Service of Florida. Joining our team as an EMS professional is a great way to find rewarding career opportunities in the medical field. From working in the field to management positions, there are many paths to further your career in the industry.