EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A special team at The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital is working to save children’s lives every day. This specialized pediatric team operates in their first-of-its-kind ambulance that they like to call the “Dragon Wagon.”
This ambulance, which debut in 2016, can hold two children at once and can go extremely far distances without stopping.
The outside of the ambulance was designed with kids in mind. It’s colorfully painted with dragons and a knight riding a horse which has proven to be a favorite with children.
Even the top of the ambulance has a painting, making is so children in the hospital can look down and see the Dragon Wagon.
“We hear our children frequently comment about ‘look at the ambulance it has a picture on top,’ its 360 degrees of pediatrics,” said Michelle Holguin an RN MSN Nurse Manager.
Another thing that sets it apart is the ability to carry small patients. Transporting tiny patients on board can be risky. However, the Dragon Wagon has a suspension system that smoothes out all the bumps. Even NASA did a study on the design.
“The 80 percent reduction in vibration had a corresponding effect on micro preemies and reduced the amount of spontaneous brain bleeding that would occur in micro preemie transports,” said Robert Campion, the Medical Transport President.
The team also had some tips on how to stay safe during the summer months. They warn that the most common issue they see is dehydration in children of all ages. They urge everyone to be extra careful when heading to parks and water parks. Making sure to always have water and sunscreen on hand.
The Dragon Wagon team hopes everyone can stay safe this summer. However, they are always ready and waiting in case of an emergency with their special ambulance.