Safe Transportation of Children in Emergency vehicles (Ambulances).

Safely transport pediatric patients from crashes with harnesses while allowing medics proper access to the patient during emergency calls.

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Laws require pediatric patients to be secure in car seats or ambulance harnesses during transport however manufacturers did not make harnesses that fit all size children (such as newborns). Car seat /transport seats are effective for passenger cars/vans however they do not safely work in the back of ambulances because of the side bench seats/captain chairs that are placed in most ambulances. The new pediatric ambulance harnesses attach themselves securely to the litter and then the child is placed in the harness and secure. This allows increased safety for the child in the event of a crash while allowing medics to have the necessary access to the child during emergency transport which is often difficult with passenger car seats.

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  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French, Caucasian)

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Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • Pennsylvania

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

New Cumberland

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • Pennsylvania

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

All cities, townships and municipalities in the eight county region in south central Pennsylvania.

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The safe transport of pediatric patients during emergency transports to the hospital emergency rooms.

Pediatric Harnesses allow for the safe and effective transport of pediatric patients to the Hospital emergency rooms.

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • No, not explicitly

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Other

If you chose "other," please share the sector you work within here:

Emergency services.

Year Founded


Project Stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages, and has demonstrated success)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

Children have been improperly transported for years in ambulances litters made for adults. Recent developments have created harnesses that attach to the ambulance litter and then allowed the child to be secured in the harness however previous solutions did not address all sizes of children, especially newborns. Traditional children car seats are ineffective in ambulances and perhaps even more dangerous when secured to a side facing bench seat.

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Last year's work focused on our "Cribs for Kids program" which addressed targeted certain populations for the dangers of having newborns sleep with the parents in adult beds. WE sponsored education on SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and gave away free cribs to families in need of cribs.

Organization Type

  • government

Annual Budget

  • $1k - $10k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our agency is a state - nonprofit agency. We rely on grants and budgeted income from the State of Pennsylvania for our financial sustenance.

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

We work with various organizations such as Hershey's Children Hospital, Peditaric Volunteer Recognition Program, PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

Our organization believe that education is a critical element and the universal element of all children wellbeing programs. Most resources may in fact, be ineffective without the proper education and training.

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

  • Other

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka, who was it? (the answer will not be public)

Pennsylvania Emergency Health Advisory Council.


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 While you focus on the fact that restraints for protection of infants in ambulances often do not fit their small bodies - an important medical problem - your organization addresses a broader set of issues related to infant safety (i.e. SIDs).  It would be interesting to think about how all of the issues you deal with are connected - and then define a broader problem of ensuring infant safety.  When you approach funders you will need to develop data on the numbers of lives of infants that have been saved - by using the tools that your organization makes available to ambulances, families etc.  

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