Ky. hospital debuts new ambulance for pediatric, neonatal patients
According to Kentucky Children's Hospital, the ambulance is the first of its kind in the state
By Laura French
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky hospital has debuted its new specialized pediatric and neonatal ambulance, which is reportedly the first of its kind in the state.
UK Kentucky Children's Hospital unveiled the unique rig on Tuesday, which features a mobile ICU capable of transporting two patients at a time, according to WTVQ.
The unit includes isolettes, ventilators, IV pumps, monitors, suction devices, IV fluid warmers and an adjustable heating and cooling system.
The rig, which cost about $330,000, was funded by Children's Miracle Network partners Walmart and Dairy Queen. The ambulance will be staffed by at least one EMT and two registered nurses with neonatal and pediatric ICU training, and has the capacity to carry up to 10 people: four in the cab and four crewmembers and two patients in the patient compartment.
The ambulance will be available 24/7 to transport patients ranging from premature newborns to young adults.