South Carolina hospital unveils pediatric ambulance

Summerville (S.C.) Medical Center, part of Charleston, S.C.-based Trident Health, unveiled its first ambulance specially designed for pediatric patients, according to The Summerville Journal Scene.

The ambulance, which is owned and operated by MedTrust, has bright colors that glow in the dark, a television and gaming stations for children to use on their way to Summerville Medical. The 407-bed hospital also recently added three pediatric specialists.

The ambulance will transport children weighing at least 11 pounds and is equipped with specialized pediatric IVs, trauma tools and pedi-mates, which is a harness system for securely holding children during transport.

The pediatric ambulance serves as a perfect tool to help transport patients from outside the community to the hospital for necessary care, said Lisa Valentine, CEO of Summerville Medical Center.

Trident Health cares for 18,000 children each year at its emergency rooms, Ms. Valentine added.

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