SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – After doing neonatal transports for the past 20 years, the Dwaine and Cynthia Willet Children’s Hospital is adding a pediatric vehicle to its list.
“It’s been a long time. We’re really super excited about it,” said Brad Buckler, Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital Physician and Chief.
The new ambulance features specialized equipment made specifically for pediatric care.
“If they put a 5-year-old or 10-year-old in the back of a regular ambulance, they often don’t have all the equipment they need to provide the care,” Buckler said.
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“Having these specialized ambulances, having our specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists who are specifically trained for children and who can provide care from the moment they come to the emergency room from the other hospital is really important.”
The vehicles will drive to areas where there is no medical care for children.
“It’s not just the state of Georgia, it’s also the South Carolina lowland, so to be able to pick up patients there — Blufton, Beaufort, many areas with no children’s hospital and bring them back here,” Buckler said.
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Another feature of the ambulance is an area for guards to drive the patients to the hospital.
“The parents can ride along and be in our hospital at the same time and not try to drive really fast,” Buckler said.
Memorial Health told WSAV that the pediatric team has been assembled and the ambulances are on the move.