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The Edward Hospital Transport Team keeps a dedicated ambulance available 24/7 to transfer women to Edward in high-risk pregnancy situations and premature infants who need pediatric specialists or a level of neonatal care not available in other areas. 
Donald R. Taylor, DO
Medical Director, Maternal
Fetal Services

Edward was recently redesignated by the State of Illinois as Level III, the highest distinction a hospital can earn, for maternal fetal medicine.

"Level III refers to having a nursery capable of taking care of any baby, no matter how small or whatever problem it has, " explains Donald Taylor, DO, medical director of maternal fetal services at Edward.

The Transport Team includes a maternal unit and neonatal unit. To transport a mother, Edward typically sends two nurses from its Labor and Delivery Unit. The neonatal unit transfers stable or unstable newborns. For an unstable newborn, the team comprises a neonatologist, a nurse, and a respiratory therapist. The team for a stable newborn usually includes two nurses or a nurse and a respiratory therapist.

The Transport Team is available for very high-risk mothers, but Taylor predicts it will likely be deployed most often for the benefit of the baby. A Level II hospital, he says, may be able to care for mother but lack a neonatal unit or the appropriate equipment.

Even if the original hospital could handle the delivery, it's best to transfer the mother pre-delivery if that hospital doesn't offer suitable neonatal care.  "The most ideal way to transport a baby is inside the mother," Taylor says.




 

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