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West Midlands Ambulance Service leads improvement in onboard child safety with ParAid ACR

11th October 2010

The West Midlands Ambulance Service has become the first service in England to use a new innovation ensuring the onboard safety of critically-ill children in road ambulances. 

The new Ambulance Child Restraint (ACR) will be fitted across the West Midlands Ambulance Service’s full fleet of 400 ambulances.  The ACR is manufactured by Birmingham-based company, ParAid Medical, and is the only dedicated restraint for patient stretchers capable of fitting children from 5kg to 45kg which is fully crash tested to CEN compliance levels.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Resilience and Support Services Director and Assistant Chief Officer, Craig Cooke said:  “We regularly review the equipment on our emergency vehicles to improve the standards of safety we provide to patients whilst in our care.  The ACR provides improved safety and comfort for child patients.   Operational staff are currently being trained in using the new equipment before it is rolled out in ambulances across the region.”

Darryl Smith, Business Development Manager at ParAid Medical, said:  “Facilities are provided in ambulances to secure children as passengers, but a specialist restraint capable of such a broad weight range has not been available for children as patients on stretchers before. 

“Standard stretcher harnesses are tested and fitted to restrain a patient weight of 75kgs, however this may not be suitable for smaller patients where a close proximity restraint device would be preferable. This new innovation has been fully tested to ensure that it gives the highest standard of safety for children whilst they are being transported to hospital.”

ParAid Medical’s ACR comes in three colour-coded sizes, from 5kg to 45kg, and is universally suitable for all patient stretchers.  The harness allows the child patient to be secured at a variety of bed angles and in the recovery position easily and quickly.  It is also machine washable, ensuring the highest standards of infection control. 

The East Midlands Ambulance Service has also confirmed that it will be making the ParAid Medical ACR available in each new fleet vehicle. 

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