Flashing blue lights and a siren cause a shiver to run down many people spines. Somewhere someone is in need of medical care when the ambulance and the emergency doctor rush through the streets. While emergency medical care for children and adults is good or even excellent in many countries, transporting and providing intensive medical aid for early and newborn babies requires even greater care. Due to the congenital illnesses or sicknesses the baby patients are especially sensitive and can only be transported to special clinics with extreme care. In addition, the doctors and paramedics have to be prepared for every emergency.
That is why special vehicles more and more frequently support doctors and medical personnel. The Zurich Children’s Hospital numbers among the institutions lucky enough to have a baby ambulance in their fleet. Since going into service in summer 2014 the baby ambulance has transported more than 110 early new born babies. However, the “Chance für das kritisch kranke Kind” foundation financed the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 519 BT together with the necessary special equipment with the help of donations. The six cylinder diesel with its 140 hp is also equipped with a transport incubator for early and newborn babies along with a special reanimation table which enables the necessary measures if the worst comes to the worst during the journey.