What is an Incubator?


in·​cu·​ba·​tor | an enclosed apparatus in which premature or unusually small babies are placed and which provides a controlled and protective environment for their care.

Generally, you will find incubators in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). However, there are times when a neonate must be transferred to another medical facility to receive additional medical care.

Using our transport incubator, Relay EMS, via ambulance, provides specialised transfers for neonates.

The incubator allows us to provide the optimal temperature for the neonate. The incubator has a built-in battery, allowing us to move the incubator between the ambulance and medical facility when, inside the ambulance, the incubator remains plugged into the 220v AC power.

On the front and side of the incubator, there are portal holes. The portal holes allow us to provide the neonate with medical procedures and interventions, including medication via IV, oxygen and monitoring their vitals.

The transfer of a neonate requires a team approach. Our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) coordinates the transfer between the two medical facilities. The crew will then transfer the neonate over to our incubator, ensuring that all equipment is set up and working and that the neonate is comfortable for the journey.

“Sometimes, the littlest things take up the most room in your heart.”
-Winnie the Pooh-

Incubator transfers is another way Relay EMS provides you with responsive and professional Emergency Medical Services.

For all medical and trauma-related emergencies, call Relay EMS on 0861 061 061 or WhatsApp us on 073 000 0911.