Panama City, FL –
FREEPORT Fla. (WMBB) – Any pediatric call can be stressful for the patient and their parents, but in Walton County there is a new restraint that security personnel are using.
“When working with pediatrics, the most important thing is figuring out how to tie these little people to stretchers to transport them safely,” said Walton County Firefighters Paramedic Lindsey Timpano.
“His touching is unwanted and I want it to stop,” said a single employee referring to Tracey Vause, Walton County Fire Chief.
A recent study from the University of Florida, which Walton County Fire participated, showed that pediatric restraints in the back of an ambulance were limited. Especially for those who are still in car seats.
“One of the goals is to reduce the hospitalization time of pediatric asthma patients,” WCFR Deputy Chief Tim Turner said. “We started participating, like I said in November, but we wanted to develop that.”
“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 secure, and the five point restraint harness and all we do is take that extra step to make sure they are okay, ”said Timpano.
There are three types of safety restraints used on pediatric patients, one, in particular, is used if a patient gives birth in the back of an ambulance to safely 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 obviously upset and they had to call an ambulance and their little baby has to go in a really big truck. It adds a sense of comfort in knowing that people are doing what they are supposed to be doing and taking that extra time to ensure that extra care is provided. “
After receiving a state grant, the county now has these pediatric restraints in six of its ambulance trucks north of the bay.
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