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The State of Pediatric Transport

Pediatric transport has historically been a subset of EMS without much regulation, oversight or guidance. Currently, there is no federal standard to test the crashworthiness of restraints on cots, and no national crash standard available specific to stretchers or ambulances that can be used by manufacturers of ambulance restraints or child passenger safety seats.

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) convened an expert interdisciplinary panel to develop guidelines based upon current pilot testing, manufacturers’ recommendations and existing standards.

This special supplement produced in partnership between EMS World and Quantum outlines the findings of the panel, current recommendations and other evidence-based guidelines specific to the prehospital transport of children.

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