Legacy Emanuel unveils a mobile ICU to pick up and transport critically ill patients to the hospital
The ambulance is a new addition to the medical center’s ECMO program, which recently earned an international distinction.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center used ECMO nonstop as a treatment option for respiratory or cardiac failure patients during the pandemic. Legacy Emanuel’s mobile ECMO team completed 100 ground transports. They traveled to other hospitals to place critically ill patients on ECMO for transport back to Legacy Emanuel for inpatient care. The ECMO Team now has a new, oversized Metro West Ambulance specifically designed for the highest level of critical care. “This customized ambulance is an intensive care unit,” says Shannon Shambley, RN, Legacy’s ECMO program manager. “When a referring provider calls us for a consult on a patient who isn’t responding to treatment, we can use this ambulance to safely transport patients within a three-hour radius back to Legacy Emanuel for ECMO,” says Shambley. “We reach these patients as quickly as possible to try to save their lives, so we’re pleased to have this enhanced vehicle to use. Though we’re beyond the pandemic, we’re still busy.