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.

Read more on crash protection of children in ambulances

Do you have training photos of securing a child car seat to the ambulance cot? If yes, share them with editor@ems1.com for inclusion in this article. 

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

Request product info from top EMS Vehicle Equipment companies

Thank You!

By submitting your information, you agree to be contacted by the selected vendor(s).

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2020 EMS1. All rights reserved.