UAB’s Critical Care Transport celebrates 40 years of saving lives in the air and on the ground – News
, 2023-03-20 16:23:28,
Critical Care Transport got its start in 1983, and has transported more than 60,000 patients by air and ground.
The accomplishments are impressive: 21 patients evacuated by air from New Orleans following the double whammy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Eight premature babies plucked from the path of Hurricane Gustave in 2008. The first United States civilian flight authorized in Cuban airspace since the revolution in 1959. The first civilian air ambulance equipped with a liquid oxygen system. The first patient placed on ECMO by the CCT team in an outside hospital prior to transport in 2020.
Even more impressive: 60,700 patients transported between hospitals since the Critical Care Transport Service was established at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1983. 2022 was another record-breaking year as CCT moved 2,570 patients.
In the early 1980s, UAB physicians realized that patients with significant medical issues requiring transfer to UAB for advanced care needed a better transport system than an ordinary ambulance. They needed vehicles with the same kind of equipment found in a hospital intensive care unit staffed by the same kind of medical professionals who work in those units.
a UAB…That need led to the creation of the CCT,
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