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Critical Care Transport

When critically ill patients must be transported from one Inter-facility to another, our Critical Care Transport (CCT) program is there to provide continuous intensive care during transit.

Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), critically ill patients must receive the same high level of care and monitoring during a transport that they were receiving during their Inter-facility stay. In the past, this has placed the burden on Inter-facility to send their own staff with the ambulance to provide this necessary high level of continuous patient care and often left the Inter-facility short staffed.

Sunstar’s CCT program offers a better approach.

With our Critical Care Transport service, patients receive the highly-skilled care they require, and Inter-facilities stay fully staffed. All patients benefit as a result.

We have a critical care ambulance on call 24 hours a day, every day. The ambulance is located mid-county to minimize travel time to any dispatch location. The critical care ambulance is staffed by

  • A critical care experienced, state licensed, county certified nurse with a minimum of two years CCU/ICU experience;
  • A critical care trained, state and county certified Paramedic; and
  • A specially trained county certified EMT.


Each has also completed additional, specialized training in treating obstetrics, pediatrics and neonates.

Sunstar’s program is one of only a small handful in the nation that includes a nurse on the CCT team. Our skilled, experienced nurses are essential to our commitment to providing the best care to our patients. We have been providing critical care transports since 1992, and complete more than 1,000 CCT transports every year.

Accreditation

Sunstar’s CCT system is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which sets standards for levels of training and certification of critical care providers.

Photo by: Jim Pennington