TowerDIRECT uses ‘Baby Pod’ developed by Racecar Driver to transport tiniest patients

Technology developed by a Formula One Racecar Driver was donated by Reading Hospital Foundation.

A technology developed by a Formula One racecar driver will now help TowerDIRECT, the system’s non-profit ambulance company, safely transport the tiniest patients in our community.

Baby Pods provide a full body harness for infants in a sealed environment that includes heat regulation and protection. The technology will add another life-saving measure for infants needing advanced, specialized care at one of the health system’s NICUs.

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The Reading Hospital Foundation recently donated one Baby Pod to TowerDIRECT, which saw an increasing need for the equipment as they expanded their service area and received more requests to transport premature and newborn babies to Reading Hospital and Phoenixville Hospital.

Photo courtesy of Reading Hospital: Katherine Thornton takes a closer look at the Baby Pod.

“Ensuring our patients are transported in the safest manner possible, while providing excellent clinical care, is always our highest priority,” said Herbert Schiffer, DO, Medical Director for TowerDIRECT. “The infant population in prehospital medicine comes with its own unique set of challenges, so the addition of a Baby Pod enhances our team’s ability to care for these precious patients.”

Baby Pods are critical because newborns have not yet had the time to acclimate their bodies to temperature and surroundings. When babies become cold, they do not yet have the coping mechanisms physiologically to handle the adversity causing issues with their vital signs and blood glucose levels. The size and weight of the baby also become a factor in whether they can be safely transported to the appropriate destination.

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“Having a baby should be the most joyous time in one’s life,” Katherine Thornton, Reading Hospital Foundation president, said. “When a family finds out their baby needs to be transported to the NICU they can become worried. The Foundation was delighted to provide a Baby Pod to help reassure families their baby would have access to the highest level of care and safety. We thank the team at TowerDIRECT for their ongoing efforts for all their patients.”

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