New neonatal ambulance only one of its kind in state


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Children’s Hospital has a new life-saving tool.

The new neonatal and pediatric transport vehicle, purchased by Children’s Miracle Network partners Walmart and Dairy Queen, was unveiled this week.

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The new ambulance is the only one of its kind in Kentucky.

It has the capacity to transport two patients simultaneously using two power loading systems.

The new transport functions as a mobile intensive care unit and is staffed by two specially trained registered nurses who work under the direction of KCH’s neonatal and pediatric specialists.

As a mobile ICU, it has oxygen, medical air, isolettes, ventilators, IV pumps, monitors, suction devices, and IV fluid warmers, among other features. Its heating and cooling systems that are independent of the cab and can be adjusted to meet the patients’ needs.

And with all its features, it comes with a $331,575.74 price tag.

In addition to an EMT driver, it is staffed with two registered nurses with advanced training to care for the most complex neonatal and pediatric ICU patients. It can carry four people in the cab, and up to four staff and two patients in patient

Most importantly, it can accommodate patients from smallest premature newborns to young adults.