"Best Practice" Guidelines
The "Best Practice" guidelines are provided by the State of Wyoming, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). They are endorsed by the Wyoming Physician Task Force on Emergency Medical Services and are designed to be used by Emergency Medical Services and their Physician Medical Directors in determining a standard of care for patients. They are not a "stand-alone" document but rather should be used in conjunction with the Rules and Regulations for "Wyoming Emergency Medical Services Act of 1977:, W.S. 33-36-101 (2008 Revision), appropriate curriculum, and other relevant documents from the Office of EMS.
Safe Transportation of Children in Emergency Ground Ambulances
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation initiated a project in September 2008 titled “Solutions to Safely Transport Children in Emergency Vehicles.” The major objectives of this project were to: 1. Build consensus in the development of a uniform set of recommendations to safely and appropriately transport children (injured, ill, or uninjured) from the scene of a crash or other incident in an ambulance; 2. To foster the creation of best practice recommendations after reviewing the practices currently being used to transport children in ambulances; and 3. To provide consistent national recommendations that will be embraced by local, State and national emergency medical services organizations, enabling them to reduce the frequency of emergency transport of ill, injured or uninjured children who may be transported in an unsafe or inappropriate manner.