Panama City, Florida –
FREEPORT Fla. (WMBB) – Any pediatric call can be stressful for the patient and their parents, but in Walton County there is a new restriction that uses security personnel.
“If you work with pediatrics, the most important thing is figuring out how to strap these little people onto stretchers to safely transport them,” says Walton County Firefighters Paramedic Lindsey Timpano.
“His touch is unwanted and I want it to stop,” said a single employee, referring to Walton County fire chief Tracey Vause.
A recent University of Florida study, in which Walton County Fire participated, found that child restraints in the back of an ambulance were limited. Especially for those who are still in the car seats.
“One of the goals is to reduce the hospitalization time of pediatric asthma patients,” said WCFR Deputy Head Tim Turner. “We started participating, as I said in November, but we wanted to develop that further.”
“Any kind of pediatric call can be very stressful, if you have stressed parents and everything and you put them in the back of an ambulance and they come in, it gives them a little more comfort in knowing their child is safe, and the five point seat belt and all we do is take that extra step to make sure they are okay,” said Timpano.
There are three types of restraint systems used in pediatric patients, most notably one is used when a patient gives birth in the back of an ambulance to secure their newborn baby.
“As a mother, I can’t imagine putting my own child in the back of an ambulance,” Timpano said. “You see these parents who are clearly upset and had to call an ambulance and put their little baby in a really big truck. It is comforting to know that people are doing what they are supposed to do and are taking that extra time to make sure that extra care is provided. “
After receiving a government grant, the county now has these child restraints in six of its ambulance trucks north of the bay.
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