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Pediatric patient transport in a child-specific device

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


Always transport infants and children in a pediatric specific transport device

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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.

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

Read more on crash protection of children in ambulances.

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

Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is the Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the efforts of the editorial team on Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1 and EMS1. Greg served as the EMS1 editor-in-chief for five years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He is an educator, author, national registry paramedic since 2005, and a long-distance runner. Greg was a 2010 recipient of the EMS 10 Award for innovation. He is also a three-time Jesse H. Neal award winner, the most prestigious award in specialized journalism, and the 2018 and 2020 Eddie Award winner for best Column/Blog. Connect with Greg on LinkedIn.