Belmont, Perth,

Baby pods to bolster protection of SW children

Pre-hospital care for sick and injured babies in the South West has been given a great boost with the arrival of five Ferno baby pods in the region.

St John Ambulance will deliver the neo-natal capsules to ambulance sub centres at Busselton, Margaret River, Collie, Warren and Bridgetown.

The pods were purchased through a Channel 7 Telethon grant and St John personnel have already been trained in their use.

St John Ambulance Clinical Services Director Prof Ian Jacobs said the pods were a great addition for the South West.

"The baby pod provides a stable thermo environment and it is designed to safely transport babies weighing between 2kg and 9kg," he said.

"We are delighted that Telethon has assisted with this project and it will allow us to provide a stable environment when transporting babies between hospitals."

The pod consists of a lightweight carbon fibre outer shell lined with a shock absorbent foam inner layer. The unique metal free construction ensures that it is X-ray translucent and MRI compatible.

The pod has a transparent lid for viewing the baby and also allows for the addition of improved oxygen environment and external ventilation.

The sub centres will start using the pods immediately.