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BCEHS Infant Transport Team celebrates 40 years of service

The BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) Infant Transport Team, one of the world’s premier paramedic-based critical care teams, marks 40 years of service.
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Based at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, the team is part of the BCEHS Critical Care Program. The Infant Transport Team (ITT) collaborates with the medical staff at both BC Women’s and BC Children’s hospitals. 

In 2015/2016, ITT paramedics provided critical care and transport for more than 2,500 patients throughout the province. The majority of ITT patients are newborns or children (up to 16 years old), while approximately 15 per cent are maternal. Since its inception in 1976, the team has cared for and transported more than 50,000 patients using specially-equipped air and ground ambulances.   

Prospective ITT paramedics undergo a rigorous training and selection process to join the team. Currently the team consists of 24 paramedics.  

Quick facts:

  • On average, ITT paramedics care for and transport two patients per 12-hour shift. 
  • The ITT utilizes two helicopters, three fixed-wing aircraft and five ground ambulances designed specifically to care for obstetric, neonatal and pediatric patients. 
  • Approximately half of all ITT patients are transported via air ambulance. 
  • ITT paramedics also serve patients in Whitehorse requiring critical care and transport to BC Children’s and BC Women’s hospitals.  
  • ITT aircraft has enough equipment to tend to two critical care patients, 2,000 litres of medical oxygen, air pumps and electrical outlets. 
  • The ambulances have built-in air pumps, high-intensity lighting and a 1,000 watt inverter to ensure battery levels on equipment are always fully-charged. 

Quotes:​

Terry Lake​, Minister ​​​of Health - 

“For 40 years, the Infant Transport Team has been delivering the highest quality of emergency medical care to newborns, children and pregnant women. Thanks to the team and all paramedics for their continuous dedication and professionalism in providing lifesaving services to patients from across British Columbia.”

Linda Lupini, Executive Vice President, Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Emergency Health Services - 

“Infant Transport Team paramedics play a crucial role in the health care for young and maternity patients with complex medical issues, particularly in rural and remote areas of BC. I’d like to thank our paramedics for their passion and commitment to their work, caring for and transporting high-risk patients in their times of greatest need.”  

Linda Lemke, Chief Operating Officer, BC Children’s Hospital - 

“We are proud to celebrate ITT’s 40 years of service. This specialized paramedic team works alongside our emergency doctors and nurses to care for our most vulnerable patients throughout the province.  These paramedics have gone through intensive training to care for, stabilize and transport patients so that medical teams can remain at their hospitals and maximize onsite patient care time.” 

Graem Luis, Infant Transport Team paramedic - ​​

“When you’re caring for a helpless child in a small helicopter with a worried parent looking on, it’s hard to not get attached. Being at the hospital affords us the opportunity to informally check in our patients and their families. We know that’s a luxury that many of our paramedic colleagues don’t have and that’s one of the reasons this job is so special.” 

About BCEHS​
BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is responsible for the delivery and governance of pre-hospital emergency medical care and inter-facility patient transfer services through the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Patient Transfer Network. BCEHS is supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).​

Media Contact

Preet Grewal​
BC Emergency Health Services
250-356-0449 or  604-871-5699 (PHSA Media Pager) ​
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