As a participating provider in Pennsylvania’s Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program, Pike County Advanced Life Support (PCALS) recently received two Pedi-Mate® devices. The devices, valued at approximately three-hundred dollars each, were provided free of charge to PCALS through a grant from Pennsylvania’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The Pedi-Mate® is a restraint system designed to safely transport pediatric patients in an ambulance. The device quickly adapts the current ambulance cots used by PCALS to safety transport children ranging from ten to forty pounds. The device uses a five-point harness system to securely hold the child onto the ambulance cot for save transport. The Pedi-Mate® devices meet federal child safety seat standards.
The goal is to protect the pediatric patient in the event of an accident or hard-braking incident during ambulance transport. In addition, contrary to traditional devices used to transport pediatric patients, the Pedi-Mate® device allows the EMS provider to be positioned in a seat where they can be seat-belted and provide care to the pediatric patient at the same time.
The devices are made of a vinyl allowing for the easy clean-up of bodily fluids. In addition, the entire system rolls up neatly providing for compact storage and efficient retrieval.
Pike County Advanced Life Support provides basic and advanced life support ambulance services to both Pike and Wayne Counties. For more information about Pike County Advanced Life Support contact (855) 745-3257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.