Safely Transporting Your Child with Respiratory Equipment
1. Your child is safest in the back seat
of your car.
2. It is best to have a second person in
the back seat with your child when
you travel. This person can watch
your child for any changes and
respond to any needs such as
suctioning. You may not have the
ability or time to get out of heavy
traffic to care for your child’s needs.
3. Your child should be in a car seat or
restraint device that is appropriate
for your child’s age and physical
condition. Staff at the Kohl’s Safety
Center can help you decide the best
option for your child.
4. Use a car safety seat with a three-
point or a five-point harness and no
tray, shield or armrest for a child
with a tracheostomy.
5. Babies and young children who
cannot walk need a sturdy stroller
that is large enough to hold all the
equipment your child needs.
6. Older children who can’t walk need
a wheelchair or other system that can
support your child and hold all of the
equipment your child needs.
7. Any equipment needed by your child
should be placed below the window
line of your car and tied down.
8. When transporting tanks in your
car, they should be secured in the
back seat, side-lying on the floor,
pointing towards the doors. Tanks
should be padded to prevent
rolling and to protect the tank
stem from damage. Never travel
with a tank in the front seat or
trunk of the car.
9. Make sure you have enough battery
power for your electrical
equipmentfor the duration of your
trip. If needed bring additional
external battery sources with you.
Always remember to bring all
electrical cords with you to charge
the equiptment while away from
home when possible. .
10. If your child is in respiratory distress
or you have a medical emergency,
call 911. It is best for an ambulance
to take your child to the nearest
emergency department. Even though
you know more about your child’s
needs, it is much safer for your child
to be driven to the emergency
department in an ambulance. There
is more space to give your child the
needed care. Ambulance drivers are
better trained than you to drive in an
emergency situation. You can go
with your child, and be sure to bring
the “Go bag” and any other special
equipment that might be needed.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 12/017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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