The BCEHS Infant Transport Team (ITT) was established in 1976 to provide emergency medical care to BC pediatric, neo-natal and high-risk obstetrics patients while en route to specialized care units in hospitals throughout British Columbia, the Yukon Territories, other parts of Canada and the United States as required.
The ITT is the only paramedic-based critical care team in the world that serves three distinct patient groups.
These specialized care services are provided by highly qualified and dedicated ITT paramedics. ITT paramedics are required to complete specific training focused on providing care to children, where they learn advanced skills such as intubation and the use of a wide variety of monitors, ventilators, IV pumps and medications. ITT paramedics are also certified as primary care paramedics, with training in cardiac, respiratory, trauma, anaphylaxis, seizure and diabetic problems for adults and pediatrics.
Based out of BC Children’s Hospital
in Vancouver, the Infant Transport Team (ITT) uses two helicopters and three fixed-wing airplanes which are specially equipped to care for neonatal, pediatric and high-risk obstetric patients.
Each ITT aircraft is outfitted with 2,000 litres of medical oxygen, air pumps and electrical outlets: enough equipment to tend to two acute-care patients.
Four ground ambulances outfitted with specialized equipment, such as built-in air pumps and 1,000 watt inverters to maintain power levels, are also used by the ITT.
Since its inception, the emergency medical equipment used by the ITT has become more accurate, lighter and smaller, leading to substantially improved patient outcomes.