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Making Changes for Safety

Now that we had 3-Dimensional pictures, it enabled us to make any necessary changes to make transporting children the safest way possible…

Safety Change - Belt before

The most important one was going from a 3-POINT HARNESS…or this

Safety Change - Belt after


to this…a 5-POINT HARNESS that allowed for a single strap to be detached rather than the entire harness, so if necessary it would allow a medical technician access to injuries without risking a child’s safetypets assembly 040425 - iso backboard open

Another change of critical importance was ADDING A BACKBOARD specifically designed to fit this seat. EMS personnel needed to be able to safely immobilize and transport a child with severe head or neck injuries to an emergency care facility, transfer the injured child into their care and then depart to handle the next emergency. Without a backboard, we soon discovered this was not possible. The child could be secured directly to the device, but then the device would need to remain behind…along with all the pediatric medical supplies stored in its compartments. The safest path for the child and best for the EMS staff was for us to add a backboard to the design…so that’s what we did.

Turning our 2-Dimensional Prototype into a 3-Dimensional One

The 2-D patent drawings were really just the first step in bringing our concept to life

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With a little more help from our engineer…pets assembly 040425 - iso flat open

we added some color…and some depth…

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and our concept came alive

Real Concept Drawings

A Graduate Student working towards his degree in bio-engineering came on board to draw some rough sketches and help us out. Boy did he ever. Our concept with all its specifications really came to life

Eng Pict 1

It needed to be easily adjustable to accommodate children of various sizes…

Eng Pict 2

It needed to be able to go from sitting up to lying flat very quickly, in case we needed to perform CPR

…and close completely for out of the way storage

Eng Pict 3

It needed to have a scale built in for accurate medication dosing and storage for access to pediatric equipment

In the Beginning

It all began with an idea…then some simple crayon drawings

Kid in mom's arms - for site

I started with what wasn’t working in terms of how they were transporting kids…

orig. design of seat3

…and moved on to what could work

…what would solve some major problems and make a difference