ALBANY, N.Y., December 20, 2005—Staff of the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center now have ready access to the most advanced medical technology available as they transport the region’s most critically ill infants and children to the Children’s Hospital via a new ambulance. Officials at Albany Med and Mohawk Ambulance Service unveiled today Ambulance #29, the only vehicle in the region designed exclusively for infants and pediatric patients.
"Mohawk Ambulance is pleased to be able to provide the highly skilled medical teams at The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center with the most advanced technology available to care for and transport the region's most critically ill children. There are fewer than two-dozen ambulances as highly specialized as this one in the entire country," said James P. McPartlon, III, vice president of Mohawk Ambulance.
Special features of Ambulance #29 include:
· Two medical grade air compressors to power ventilators for premature infants who are unable to breathe on their own.
· A 5,000-watt diesel generator—enough to power most homes—to provide adequate electricity for Albany Med’s intricate life support equipment, with backup provided by an 1,800-watt power inverter.
· Oxygen capacity four times greater than most standard ambulances—enough to provide high-flow oxygen to a patient for nearly 24 hours.
· A slide-out electric-hydraulic lift to assist in loading and unloading.
· An air-ride suspension system to provide a gentler ride.
· Chains that the driver can place on the tires with a flip of a switch in case of inclement weather.
“The sophisticated electrical, medical and mechanical equipment in this new ambulance will allow Albany Med’s highly skilled medical transport teams to provide advanced care more safely and easily as they transport infants and children to the Children’s Hospital,” said David Clark, M.D. director of the Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to Mohawk Ambulance Service for recognizing this important need.”
The larger ambulance allows for faster and safer transports and more space for Albany Med’s transport teams within which to work, and unlike most ambulances, the new ambulance can also safely accommodate the transport of twins.
Albany Med’s transport teams consist of specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists who travel to other hospitals within Albany Med’s 25-county service area to pick up and transport critically ill neonates and children who require advanced care at the Children’s Hospital.
Mohawk Ambulance Service is committed to achieving the highest level of performance possible in emergency medical services. Mohawk Ambulance Service has been providing emergency medical services to the Capital District and surrounding areas since 1964.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med is a 50-bassinet unit that serves as a Level IV referral center for a 25-county service area, providing the highest level of treatment for neonates as part of the Regional Perinatal Center. The 17-room pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is the only one of its kind in the region.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital; and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.
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