Thanks to generous community donations, East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital has purchased a new Lifeline ambulance. The $264,000 custom-made
neonatal/pediatric transport vehicle is equipped like a mobile intensive
care unit to respond to hospitals in surrounding counties. Children’s
Hospital is the only hospital within a hundred miles of Knoxville to have
an ambulance of this caliber. More than half the money needed to purchase
Lifeline was raised from the WIVK/WOKI Radiothon.
Lifeline transports the smallest babies to teenagers and young adults.
The mobile intensive care unit carries equipment to treat all ages and
all sizes. Lifeline is called for more than 400 transports and travels
more than 40-thousand miles each year. This mobile intensive care unit
travels to 25 hospitals throughout East Tennessee, as well as making longer
trips to hospitals in Kentucky and Nashville.
The Lifeline team is highly skilled and ready to respond at any given time.
The team consists of an EMT/paramedic as the driver. In the back, there
is always a specially trained transport nurse and a respiratory therapist.
Depending on the severity of the patient, doctors, nurse practitioners
and more nurses may join the team. Once a child is on board Lifeline,
pediatric experts beginning providing the same intensive care the patient
would receive in a hospital setting.
The new ambulance replaces a 2000 model which has racked up nearly 305,000
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