Australian-first helping families
AN AUSTRALIAN first for Central Queensland will help children in serious situations.
All new Queensland Ambulance Service ambulances are being fitted with dual-capability seats, suitable for adults and children, aged between one and six years old.
It means a child can now be taken in the same ambulance as their sick parent or guardian without having to wait for another family member to come and look after them, or for another vehicle with a portable booster-seat on board to arrive.
Advanced Care Paramedic Terry Bourke said the new seat reduced stress for the patient and paramedics.
“Often parents who’ve called an ambulance have the added stress of trying to arrange for family or friends to come and look after their kids before we’re able to transport them to hospital,” Mr Bourke said.