Transporting a child to the hospital

Richard Pass, RN, Registered Nurse & CPR Expert, shares advice for parents on how to tell if your should drive your child to the hospital or call 911
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Transporting a child to the hospital

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Having worked in the Emergency Departments of large hospitals in the past, this question of bringing someone in who is very sick or in critical condition versus waiting for the paramedics is an exceeding important one. Having received phone calls in the Emergency Room by the paramedics bringing these people in, we know that many of them get worse in the ambulance. It's one thing to have your child or infant in an ambulance and, if they are getting worse, they have treatment for them then and there. But if this situation deteriorates in the car, this could be a very, very difficult situation. Not to mention that you would also become an impaired driver considering the circumstances going on. We always recommend that if there is any question about the child's ability to breathe or any change in level of consciousness, that you call 9-1-1 and keep an eye on that little one for them to arrive. That is an important distinction.

Richard Pass, RN, Registered Nurse & CPR Expert, shares advice for parents on how to tell if your should drive your child to the hospital or call 911

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Registered Nurse & CPR Expert

Richard Pass, RN, BS, was born in Los Angeles. He studied nursing in Portland, Oregon and has since practiced nursing for 35 years, including ICU, Emergency, and Cardiology nursing. Richard started his CPR & Family Safety educational company, Save a Little Life, Inc., in 1999. With Save a Little Life, Inc., Richard presents house calls and classes all over the Los Angeles area. He teaches medical-surgical nursing at California State University, and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

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