I actually agree with you that our training period should be longer and frankly, I think our transport program should be taken a little more seriously in general by TPTB and some of the staff. Until you have a bad kid crash on you, or worse yet, one you thought was ok crash on you, then you realize that you need to be prepared for anything and everything every time.
At any rate, our therapists are very skilled intubators. I trust them over many/most of the physicians because they do more than the residents and ER physicians. The only ones I'd prefer over the RTs are the intensivists and anesthesiologists, in general.
This is a free standing pediatric facility, though a smaller one, that performs hundreds of pediatric transports a year, with a separate neonatal team that also performs hundreds of runs a year. Some of which are minor and go home, some of which are very unstable.
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I'm curious to know on average how many weeks it takes for the transport trainee to get 10 missions in. Do they have any didactic education during that time? I've had many, many years of transport experience and I'm kind of stunned to hear of such a short training period. The nurses don't intubate? What if the RT is unsuccessful? Is this at a free-standing children's hospital with a high transport volume or the occasional random trip to a nearby facility? I'm not meaning to diss your system. Really...I'm not. I just can't imagine transporting without the extensive training that I and my cohorts received. We had to successfully intubate 40 patients of varying ages just to be signed off!!!! As I'm sure you know transport medicine is not just ICU care on wheels and there is so much to learn. Wow!