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Children's ICU on wheels
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Emergency preparedness for neonatal and pediatric crises may not be at the top of the list for most parents who are tending to healthy newborns and infants, but for those children that fall critically ill or are injured and are in need of assistance from a children's hospital, knowing who to call and what to do during an unexpected situation can be the difference between life and death.

It also has the capability to administer intensive care treatments on the road, providing patients with life-sustaining medical care while traveling from facility to facility.
"We basically bring emergency room care to facilities," said Cathy Anderson, pediatric critical care nurse for the Kids Kare Mobile Intensive Care Unit.
"We deal with both neonatal and pediatric emergencies, so we can tend to calls that go from, 'Hey, can you come help us deliver a baby?' to 'We need help with an 18-year-old who has just had a heat stroke.'"
Designed to transport neonatal and seriously ill children from area health care facilities to Wolfson's in Jacksonville, the special ambulance that has been a mainstay of the hospital since 2002 offers a slew of medical services to infants and children up to age 18, ranging from critical care and respiratory distress to seizure disorders, surgical services and orthopedics.
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