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Kiwanis Club President Cindy Higgs, behind podium, talks to City Council about the new Pediatric Transport Devices the club has donated to ambulance units in the county. The devices will make it easier for EMS personnel to care for infants while en route to the hospital. Also pictured are Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace, standing at left, and Al Allender, treasurer, standing at right.
Kiwanis Club President Cindy Higgs, behind podium, talks to City Council about the new Pediatric Transport Devices the club has donated to ambulance units in the county. The devices will make it easier for EMS personnel to care for infants while en route to the hospital. Also pictured are Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace, standing at left, and Al Allender, treasurer, standing at right. (Photo by Virgil Shipley) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 25, 2013 12:20 pm EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — City and county ambulances can now transport small children more easily and safely, thanks to the generosity of the local Kiwanis Club.

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The eighteen ambulances in the eight local departments are now equipped with Pediatric Transport Devices, including the city of Mount Vernon’s three units.

“We now have the ability to transport small children while also performing intervention services,” Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace explained. “We could put a child in the captain’s chair, but that puts the mother up front and she’s not there to soothe the child. A lot of times we wind up placing the child on Mom’s lap.”

The transport device allows the EMS crew to use a regular adult gurney to safely transport a child that weighs less than 40 pounds. Over that, a child is large enough to be safely strapped to the cot.

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