Pediatric Patient Transport
By Greg Friese
As I finished my scene size-up, I quickly realized that we needed an additional resource. Turning to dad, I said, "Go to your car and bring me your daughter's car seat."
Always secure pediatric patients in a pediatric specific car seat. Use the child’s own seat, a seat built into the captain’s chair, or a car seat provided by your agency. Follow local protocols to secure the child’s car seat to the patient cot during transport.
As with any additional resource, request a car seat early. Don't wait until assessment is complete.
Read more on crash protection of children in ambulances at: http://www.preventinjury.org/uploads/researchinfo/ResearchInfo_9.pdf
Do you have training photos of securing a child car seat to the ambulance cot? If yes, please post them at: www.emsconnect.com.