RPA develops state's first double humidicrib.
It’s been a labour of love for more than 20 years – a homegrown double humidicrib created by RPA staff to help safely deliver neonates to other hospitals.
The state-of-the-art dual humidicrib is the first of its kind and has already been used to transport more than 120 babies in the past 12 months.
Developed by RPA’s Biomedical Engineering Team, the dual crib features basic monitoring as well as syringe drivers, IV pumps, a Neopuff infant resuscitator and a Resuscitaire warming platform.
“These humidicribs are great because we don’t put the babies under any extra stress when we transport them,” says Bonnie Fonti, a nurse with the Newborn Family Support team which helps oversee the safe transport of neonates from RPA’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“We’re able to ensure that they’re transported in a stable environment and in a safe way.”
The dual crib also allows twins to be transported together, reducing stress on families and the number of staff required to ensure safe transport between hospitals.
The project was headed up by Biomedical Engineering System Manager Donald Hazra after NICU staff approached his team with an idea to create a dual transport system compatible with standard emergency transport vehicles.
The build and design took place over the course of one year and cost about $120,000, funded by NICU’s independent fundraising team.
As a quaternary referral service for NSW, the NICU manages acutely unwell neonates from across Sydney and the state, making this piece of equipment integral to appropriate patient care and to ensure that patient flow is adequately managed to benefit neonates that require high level support.
The Acting Head of Department for Perinatal Medicine at RPA, Dr Mark Greenhalgh, has seen the benefits of the streamlined service firsthand.
“It’s amazing that we have a locally developed piece of equipment that enables delivery of high level care to babies being transported under the supervision of specialised staff.”