Kosair Charities recently awarded a $21,000 grant to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Emergency Department (ED). This grant allowed PMC to purchase a GE Panda Warmer, an examination table made specifically to accommodate sick babies. The Panda warmer keeps babies warm while ED staff work to diagnose and treat them. However, the warming bed does much more than that.

“If we need to get an x-ray of the baby, we can do that without removing the infant from the Panda Warmer,” explained PMC’s ED Clinical Manager, Megan Allen.

“Having this piece of equipment will help us treat sick babies better than before. A baby that is cold is much harder to treat because they are agitated and many times cry. That, in itself, can cause the baby’s heart rate and even temperature to rise. With this bed, we can keep babies warm and more comfortable, letting us better see what is truly wrong.”

The Panda Warmer is the latest announcement from PMC relating to the emphasis on pediatric treatment.