Mobile ECMO Program
Arkansas Children’s Hospital is one of only three institutions in the United States to offer air transport of critically ill patients on an ECMO circuit. Learn more about Arkansas Children's Hospital's Angel One medical transport program.
In September 2002, we took delivery of two new Sikorsky S-76 C+ aircraft. These aircraft are state of the art and designed for accessibility of the crew to the patient as well as the ease of flying with the addition of a glass cockpit. These helicopters make it possible to fly in adverse weather conditions utilizing Instrument Flight Rules. This feature increases our ability to reach critically-ill patients when weather would normally prevent helicopter transport. These Sikorsky helicopters also allow us to transport multiple patients at one time. As a strong effort to make our patients as comfortable as possible, each helicopter includes a DVD player for children who are able to watch. This distraction helps to calm any fears or anxieties which might be exasperated by flight. Many times, the patients are enthralled in the movie at take-off, then lulled quickly to sleep by the vibrations of the aircraft. For an ECMO transport call 1-800-ACH-HELP.
Arkansas Children's Hospital also has several fixed-wing aircraft (airplanes) available for longer distances through local vendors. For an ECMO transport call 1-800-ACH-HELP.
Ground Ambulance Transport
Angel One operates three ground ambulances that function as mobile intensive care units, providing critical-care medical transport specifically for pediatric and neonatal patients. These ambulances were developed specifically for Angel One and include the ability to transport two isolettes, Mobile ECMO, and more. The ambulances are equipped with the latest in safety equipment including GPS units, black box road hazard reporting systems, rear camera systems for safe backing, and more. Like the helicopters, the ambulances have the ability for the pediatric patients to watch movies when they are in transport. For an ECMO transport call 1-800-ACH-HELP.