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Paramedics As Neonatal Transport Primaries

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#41 Macgyver


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Posted 25 January 2010 - 12:49 AM

I would like to see a masters-level "Critical Care Transport Specialist" degree option become a standard for paramedics or RN's who already possess a 4-year degree and several years of clinical experience, and want to make a career out of CCT and really take the specialty to a whole new level. The program would include not only some didactic science and clinical courses, but would focus on several thousand hours of structured clinical in cath labs, CCU's, NICU's, PICU's, and on RW, FW, and ground ambulances. Completion would grant eligibility to test for certification and to seek state licensure as either an advanced-practice nurse who is intended to be highly autonomous both clinically and legally (very similar to a CRNA) or as a non-nurse advanced-practice provider who is also intended to be autonomous (like a PA).

I think the transport specialty is worthy of this type of structured education. Given the clinical knowledge and competencies that should be possessed by a CCT provider, I think requiring education on par with a PA or ACNP make sense. But I'm getting a little off topic here...

Agree 110% (oops - guess I just screened myself out unless someone from Fox news is on the selection panel - there being only 100% in % and all...)
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#42 Grouse



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Posted 14 February 2011 - 06:10 AM

We do neonatal transports with a CCRN and CCP for over 90% of our transports. If we have an especially critical patient or are using Jet/bronchotron ventilation and/or nitric, we'll take a Fellow and/or RT. Our NICU can't afford to send a physician and/or RT out routinely. Our CCT Team does a very good job on these transports. Training for new members consists of three weeks of classroom training and completion of 15-12 hour shifts in the NICU. They must also complete a specific number of skill sets. With experienced CCT providers, we find this is more than adequate to achieve competency for the majority of NICU transports (air/ground). Our volume is high enough that competency can be achieved/maintained.
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Posted 16 April 2011 - 07:44 PM

Give me an RRT partner any day.
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