The UVM Health Network Critical Care Transport

The University of Vermont Health Network Critical Care Transport team, known as “Healthnet” (formerly FACT), is the region’s premier intensive care transportation resource for adult, pediatric, and obstetric patients. When facilities throughout Vermont and northern New York require specialized assistance to stabilize critically ill patients and transport them safely to tertiary care medicine, the Healthnet team is prepared to answer the call.

Healthnet differs from other regional ambulance services in several important ways. As an extension of the University of Vermont Medical Center it is our mission to deliver progressive, academic critical care medicine at the bedside throughout the region. Local ambulance services do an excellent job of bringing unstable patients to local hospitals rapidly. However, the dynamic nature of intensive care transport requires specialized equipment and experience.

The broad scope of practice and autonomy of Healthnet’s specialized nurses and paramedics allows them to meet the dynamic needs of complex patients in real time. Although our ambulances contain state-of-the-art equipment, we rely upon the expertise of our providers to define the heart and science of critical care transport medicine. This system is only possible through extensive training, rigorous quality management, and comprehensive clinical oversight through the UVM Medical Center.

Critical Care Transport  

Critical Care Services

Healthnet is uniquely designed to care for a wide range of critically ill adult and pediatric patients throughout Vermont and northern New York, including but not limited to:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Shock
  • Multi-system organ failure
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • Burns
  • Poisoning/Toxicology
  • Trauma
  • Surgical and vascular emergenices
  • Neurologic and neurosurgical emergencies
  • High-risk obstetrics
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (in collaboration with the UVMMC NICU Team)

Our specialized equipment and procedural skills include:

  • Advanced mechanical invasive and non-invasive ventilation
  • Airway management including Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI), needle, and surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Arterial catheter placement
  • Blood product transfusion
  • Critical care monitoring including capnography, invasive hemodynamics, and intracranial pressure monitors
  • Escharotomy
  • Helium/Oxygen (Heliox) therapy
  • High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC)
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), and Impella Device management
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for up to ten simultaneous infusions
  • Intraosseous access
  • Isolette transportation and ventilation for infants
  • Needle thoracostomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Portable laboratory and blood gas analysis
  • Transvenous pacing

To arrange transportation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please contact our Communications Center at: 888-389-3228.