Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has expanded its critical care transport fleet.
On Tuesday, Sept. 3 Children’s unveiled a second customized ambulance designed specifically to transport critically ill newborns, infants and children from anywhere in the region.
The new ambulance, “Kids 2,” is uniquely larger than most ambulances. It measures 29 feet, seven feet longer than the average ambulance.
The extra space means more room for medical equipment and provides the medical team with better access to the patient.
Additional features of “Kids 2” include:
· Patient DVD player and onboard DVD library
· Self-contained backup generator
· Air ride suspension for more comfortable ride
· Automatic exterior flood light for night transports
· Stryker Auto Loader for virtually hands-free loading and unloading of patients
· Onboard GPS navigation system
· Four factory-mounted cameras to increase driver awareness/minimize blind spots
· Crew cab to accommodate the medical team on the first leg of the journey and patient parents on the ride to Omaha
The “Kids 2” patient compartment was custom designed by a team of Children’s transport nurses and nurse practitioners to meet specific needs of pediatric and neonatal patients.
The ambulance, owned and operated by Children’s, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The process begins with a priority phone call from a physician or another health care facility identifying a child who is need of specialized care at Children's.
Depending on the child’s age, the Newborn or Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team is dispatched.
Both teams serve Nebraska, western Iowa, northern Missouri, northern Kansas, eastern Colorado and South Dakota – anywhere in the region where there’s a child in need.
Children’s Critical Care Transport Program completed 1,325 transports in 2012. It has made 818 transport trips so far this year. Ground transportation is the team’s primary mode of travel. The hospital