Pediatric patient transport in a child-specific device

Always make sure you secure pediatric patients in a pediatric specific car seat during transport

We were dispatched for a 12-month-old having an allergic reaction. I walked into the clinic room and saw a child being held by her mom. The child was working hard to breathe, hives covered her face and neck, and she looked weak and tired.

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.

Always transport infants and children in a pediatric specific transport device
Always transport infants and children in a pediatric specific transport device (Photo / Greg Friese)

As with any additional resource, request a car seat early. Don't wait until the assessment is complete.

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This article, originally published March 5, 2009 has been updated

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