Outfitted with charging stations, a DVD player and extra space to accommodate family members, the new ambulance at Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso combines modern technology with personalized care. The first of its kind in the nation, the new ambulance offers specialized pediatric transport to patients being transferred within the Providence medical network.
“The ambulance represents the latest in pediatric medical transport technology,” said Rob Campion, President of Elite Medical Transport – which designed the ambulance – in a recent interview with KVIA News. “There’s no other ambulance in the country today that matches it.”
The new critical care ambulance, considered one of the safest and most capable medical transport vehicles in the country, features two independent patient care areas and 14 hours of continuous oxygen capabilities. Large enough to accommodate a parents and other relatives, six clinical seats and a “parent-friendly” crew cab will allow the ambulance to transport crewmembers, family and patients safely and securely.
Tapping into Technology
According to Sally Hurt-Deitch, Market CEO of the Hospitals of Providence, the new ambulance represents the latest in pediatric critical care transports technology. The vehicle includes a FleetMatics GPS system and comes outfitted with silicon suspension operated by a computer for a smooth ride on almost any road surface. The ambulance also utilizes a striker power load system, a first for El Paso, which uses robotic technology to manage loading and unloading to eliminate the possibility of dropping or injuring a patient during transport.
Enhancing Neonatal and Maternal Care
Conceived as part of “the next step” in childcare for Providence, the ambulance will be used solely for the transport of pediatric, neonatal and maternal patients between Providence facilities. The ambulance also allows eliminates the noise and movement typical of most ambulance rides so that the hospital’s elite transport team composed of specialized nurses and respiratory therapists can focus on patients instead of logistics. For Deitch, this enhancement in care enforces the hospital’s commitment to providing the best care for patients while also providing families with the resources they need.
“Providence Children’s Hospital believes the patient and family’s experience begins as soon as the patient meets our specialty transport team,” said Hurt-Deitch. “This new state-of-the-art vehicle is an extension of the hospital and the outstanding care we provide. Patients and families alike can have the peace of mind that they are receiving the best care possible.”