Thursday, October 15, 2009
Medical Reports: Medicine in Motion
When a critically-ill child is being transported to the hospital, anything can happen. Now a brand new pediatric ambulance is coming to the rescue. 7's Christine Cruz shows us how this medicine in motion works!
WSVN -- 13-year old Anemary Theodore is still smiling despite losing her leg to cancer, but recently she and her family experienced another medical scare.
Mari Elsuin, AneMary's Mom: "They find a mass in her heart and then they have to do a quick surgery."
Anemary needed to be transported to Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital for emergency open-heart surgery. The concern anything could go wrong on the ride to the hospital.
Anemary Theodore: "I didn't know what was going to happen, so I felt a little nervous."
Now, a brand new pediatric ambulance is helping calm those fears. This mobile critical care unit is one of the biggest ambulances in South Florida and can carry a whole team of medical specialists. So, a patient that is sick enough to be in an intensive care unit can get ICU care until they reach the hospital.
Dr. Frank Scholl, Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital: "The goal that we had was the ability to deliver a high level of care, an ICU level of care, in a mobile setting."
It's fully equipped with supplies and medications and the ambulance has special features just for kids, including a dvd-player and a telephone. Keeping a child calm during transport is a priority.
Dr. Frank Scholl: "There's a little phone down here, little telephone that they can talk to their parents in front."
Two family members can ride along with the child and because the pediatric ambulance has a built-in generator, it can transport patients from across the state.
Dr. Frank Scholl: "From Key West to Martin County, way across to Collier County we can go 800 miles on a tank of fuel."
Something that's critical when it comes to the delicate process of moving a sick child from one hospital to another.
Dr. Frank Scholl: "The mobile critical care unit allows us to provide seamless care to a critically ill child wherever they may be."
The ambulance made the ride to the hospital less stressful for Anemary's family and more fun, for her.
Anemary Theodore: "It was really fun, it was cool."
The critical care ambulance is expected to transport at least 2,000 kids a year.
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