The above illustration is not a photo. It is a computerized 3D rendered image of the unit drawn in a CAD program. This is an object never built. The image may change as we near the 'Beta' prototype build which will be tested at multiple NICU care centers. Testing will continue until the 'Beta test sites' are satisfied with its' performance and proof of concept and use.
In operation, a neonatal transport isolette will be mounted on the movable platform on top with quick disconnect hardware.
The Need Addressed
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In searching for white paper to research the 'need' for action to remedy a problem, we ran across a published letter from Texas Children's Hospital. This letter was addressed to Johnson Space Center or NASA with a request for help in researching answers to the vibration issue they encountered. This letter is addressed on our 'Video' page. Video number two tells it all.
This report comes from an R.N. with 34 years’ experience in OB/NICU and is currently a NICU Life Flight Team Leader in a large Regional Medical Center.
A few years ago I went to an emergency transport conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. I met people from life flight teams all over the United States, as well as from Italy, and France. Of course the common ground was transporting sick and hurting people who are in need of a higher level of care. All were excited to learn the ‘latest and greatest’ practices and products to help them do so effectively.
I noticed one area which was universally a problem … transporting neonates safely and without potentially causing them distress by doing so. Their questions all vehemently voiced the same concern, “What can we do? Is there a product that will help us?”
Imagine for a minute that you are in a paint can … now in order to get to a place that can save your life you have to travel by spending a little time in a paint mixer. How does your stomach feel, let alone your brain? My personal experience shows that babies need anywhere from to 1-3 days to recover or ‘get back on track’ regardless of the mode of transport used, even though they are placed in very sophisticated paint cans (neonatal transport isolettes) with temperature controls, monitoring, respiratory support and seat belts.
Neonates are very fragile and just moving them can be enough to wear them out which, of course, can slow their progress. Their brains as well as the rest of their little systems are not fully developed. For example, a bleed aggravated by vibration and jolting may cause them to have not only immediate problems but also have difficulties for the rest of their lives. And on and on go the concerns.
Unfortunately, at the conference, there was not a good answer to these questions; there has not been a product, which can significantly help make neonate transports safer in this area. Many people voiced the demand that this problem be addressed now. So needless to say I was very excited when I heard that there might be a way to ease their travels and help people like myself care for them more effectively during this time.