CIHSR Hospital, Dimapur has announced the launching of “Level 3 children’s critical Care transport service “SPARROW”, which stands for “Safe Pediatric Acute Response and Retrieval On Wheels”.
MD Pediatrics, MRCPCH consultant Pediatric Critical Care, CISHR Hospital Dimapur, Dr. R Wonashi Tsanglao, informed that the first-of-its-kind service in Nagaland, is an initiative of the Pediatric critical care unit of CIHSR Referral Hospital to carry out the transfer of critically ill children from PHCs, CHCs, and any health care facilities in and around Dimapur to Pediatric/ Neonatal intensive care unit within Dimapur.
The service will be available 24/7 and can be contacted at 03862-242555 / 6009552407.
SPARROW will also provide clinical advice to medical and nursing staff on the management of critically ill children. It will also transfer infants and children below 16 years of age, including neonates, who require a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The transport team will include a doctor trained to handle critically ill children, a nurse with PICU/NICU experience, and a dedicated ambulance driver.
At present, the facility will be present limited to Dimapur and nearby regions such as Chumukedima and Medziphema.
Transfer will be accepted only after a detailed discussion of the case between the referring consultant and the transport consultant and transport team may not be immediately available when a current transport is ongoing.
Time-critical cases (e.g. head injury, limb ischemia) may have to be transported by the referring team themselves.