WE NEED TO TRANSFER YOUR NEWBORN TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL
Those are the last words any parent wants to hear especially the parents of premature babies, but now parents in regions without a Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can find comfort knowing their babies will be closer to home and receive excellent care every step of the way.
Thanks to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Centra Foundation, Centra now has NEO ONE, a neonatal ambulance that can pick up critically ill newborns in Bedford, Danville, Farmville, Gretna and Halifax (8000 square mile area) and provide crucial early interventions during transport to the Level 3 NICU in Virginia Baptist Hospital (VBH). Previously, these critically ill babies would have been transferred to NICUs in Roanoke or Charlottesville.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A NEONATAL AMBULANCE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
NEO ONE is a fully customized vehicle outfitted with the advanced technologies of an NICU and the medical staff crucial for treating our tiniest and youngest patients. The baby will be placed in an isolette that provides a warm, quiet environment and allows for monitoring the baby’s heart and lungs during the ambulance ride. The ambulance is equipped with two isolettes in the case of twins.
NEO ONE will also be equipped with a high frequency ventilator (HFV), a ventilator that provides ventilation pressures and oxygen levels that are safer for the neonate's lung needs and has been shown to improve outcomes in newborns with respiratory distress.
According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is the number one cause of death of babies in the United States—so getting a preterm baby into a NICU and starting interventions as soon as possible are critical.