By Carla Peacock, Markham Stouffville Hospital senior corporate communications specialist

Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) has teamed up with York Region Paramedics and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to begin using a mobile isolette transport system that is the first of its kind in Ontario. MSH is the first level two Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to receive the new approved Airborne Voyager Transport System, used to transport the littlest patients in the back of an ambulance or by air.

In February, seven-month-old baby Rahma was the first patient to use the new transport system. She was born with Down syndrome and two holes in her heart and had been in the MSH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for more than six weeks when her care team determined that she needed to go to SickKids.

“Her feeding wasn’t developing and she needed a specialized testing and feeding program,” says Batool Mohsin, Rahma’s mother. “We have received the best care we could want for our baby at MSH from all the doctors and nurses. Now the main concern is that Rahma needs to gain weight so she can have the surgery for her heart when she’s between three to six months old.”

As a community hospital, MSH provides the best quality care close to home for its patients. When it comes to specialized tests or programs, patients need to be transported quickly, safely and efficiently to other facilities. Rahma wasn’t able to travel to SickKids in a car seat so the new isolette was used.

“I’m very happy that MSH has this isolette so that Rahma, meaning ‘blessing’, was safe and comfortable on her trip to SickKids,” says Mohsin.

The state-of-the-art equipment monitors the baby’s temperature and provides oxygen and intravenous medicine, as required. It was developed in partnership with McMaster Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, SickKids and London Health Sciences Children’s Hospital to meet new transportation requirements and standardize the level-three transport system across Ontario.

Thanks to the generosity of hospital donors and the important work done by the MSH Foundation, MSH was able to purchase this new system.

Photo:  MSH transport team ready to go.