Each year, there are nearly 6.2 million patients transported by ambulance-- 10 percent of those patients are children. Out of the 10,000 ambulance crashes that result in injury or death each year, 1,000 of those crashes involve pediatric patients. Because of a generous donation from the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, four counties within our region will receive extra precautionary devices to help minimize the likelihood of harm to our children during ambulance transport.
According to Quantum EMS, the Ambulance Child Restraint is a device that provides “safe and effective transportation of infants and children in an ambulance.” The device comes in four different sizes to fit most sizes of children.
Because of the St. Vincent Foundation’s $35,700 donation to Safe Kids Yellowstone County, Yellowstone, Big Horn, Carbon, and Stillwater counties will be enhancing their safety precautions by placing these devices in their ambulances. For Kyle Starr, a paramedic and firefighter with Columbus Fire Rescue, he believes that the addition of these devices will make transports safer and smoother for pediatric patients.
“Although pediatric patients make up a smaller percentage of our medical calls, and we do our best on every patient encounter, you always feel like there is more at stake when you’re dealing with kiddos,” Starr said. “So much of our equipment, from backboards to cots, are sized for adult patients and it can sometimes be difficult to adapt our equipment to transport pediatric patients, so a device that is quick to set up and meant to secure a pediatric patient, such as this, will come in handy. ”
Starr has worked in the fire and EMS field for nearly 17 years, 16 of those as a licensed paramedic, and has seen his fair share of vehicle accidents. Now, he and other local EMS workers can continue to provide the safest possible treatment for our children during their transport.
“Pediatric patients are harder to safely secure during transport, so having a reliable, quick-to-employ pediatric restraint device that can keep them safe during transport not only keeps our minds at ease knowing that they are safely restrained, but can quite literally save the lives of our most precious and vulnerable patients,” Starr said.
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