Making Changes for Safety

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 02:54 pm

Now that we had 3-Dimensional pictures, it enabled us to make any necessary changes to make transporting children the safest way possible…

Safety Change - Belt before

The most important one was going from a 3-POINT HARNESS…or this

Safety Change - Belt after

 

  to this…a 5-POINT HARNESS that allowed for a single strap to be detached rather than the entire harness, so if necessary it would allow a medical technician access to injuries without risking a child’s safetypets assembly 040425 - iso backboard open

Another change of critical importance was ADDING A BACKBOARD specifically designed to fit this seat. EMS personnel needed to be able to safely immobilize and transport a child with severe head or neck injuries to an emergency care facility, transfer the injured child into their care and then depart to handle the next emergency. Without a backboard, we soon discovered this was not possible. The child could be secured directly to the device, but then the device would need to remain behind…along with all the pediatric medical supplies stored in its compartments.  The safest path for the child and best for the EMS staff was for us to add a backboard to the design…so that’s what we did.

Turning our 2-Dimensional Prototype into a 3-Dimensional One

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 02:54 pm

The 2-D patent drawings were really just the first step in bringing our concept to life

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With a little more help from our engineer…pets assembly 040425 - iso flat open

we added some color…and some depth…

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and our concept came alive

Cold and Flu Guide

Last updated on August 29th, 2015 at 09:03 pm

Cold and flu season is once again upon us. When kids get sick during this time of year, many how-to-prevent-the-flu-4parents aren’t sure how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, and at what point they should take their child to the doctor. Cold and flu symptoms can be similar and confusing. The rapidly spreading 2009 H1N1 influenza virus is also a growing concern for parents. Using the guide below can help you determine whether your little one needs symptomatic treatment at home, or whether it is time to seek a doctor’s help.

Winter colds:

  • Cold symptoms may include: Stuffy nose, sneezing, cough/chest discomfort (mild to moderate; hacking cough), mild to moderate sore throat, mild aches and pains, mild fatigue.
  • Complications from a cold can include: Sinus infection and/or ear infection, lower respiratory infection such as bronchitis.
  • Prevention of a cold: Thorough hand-washing and avoiding contact with others who have colds as much as possible. Disinfect toys if a sick child has played with them. Disinfect household surfaces and doorknobs.
  • Treatment for a cold: Treat symptomatically with clear liquids, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and get plenty of rest. For young children, ask your doctor’s advice before giving OTC medications. Never give more than one medication containing acetaminophen (Tylenol) See your doctor if symptoms worsen or if they are not getting better after a week.

Seasonal Flu and 2009 H1N1 Influenza

  • Flu symptoms may include: High fever (102 to 104), headache (may be severe), aches and pains (moderate to severe), extreme exhaustion (early on in the illness and prominent), fatigue and weakness (can last up to 2-3 weeks), cough/chest discomfort (can become severe). May have stuffy nose, sore throat, and/or sneezing.
  • Complications from the flu can include: Bronchitis and/or pneumonia, which may require hospitalization.
  • Prevention of the flu: Same as for colds. In addition, an annual flu shot or flu mist, upon your doctor’s recommendation. Anti-viral drugs may be prescribed if you have been exposed to the flu.
  • Treatment for the flu: If you suspect that you or a family member has the flu, contact your doctor right away. He or she can tell you whether an office visit is necessary, based on symptoms and previous health history. For any child who has an underlying health condition (especially asthma or other respiratory problem), an office visit is in order, as soon as possible, or go to the emergency room if it is after office hours. Influenza is a serious illness and requires monitoring for complications. If necessary, Amantadine or rimantadine (anti-viral drugs) should be started within the first 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms. Follow your doctor’s advice for treatment of symptoms.

If your child has any signs of respiratory distress (trouble breathing) such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Labored breathing (watch for retractions – chest muscles being sucked in when inhaling)
  • Paleness or grayish/blue tint in the skin, especially in the face and lips
  • Wheezing
  • Severe coughing

..call 911 or seek emergency medical help immediately.

These guidelines are of a general nature and not intended to replace the advice and supervision of your physician or pharmacist.

Copyright 2009 Tamara Walker, R.N. All Rights Reserved. May be used only with author’s permission.