1. What is the SafeGuard Transport?
The SafeGuard Transport is the first cot-mounted restraint for ambulances that safely transports children of a wide range of sizes, from 22 to 100 pounds.
2. How was Riley Children’s Hospital involved in the development of SafeGuard Transport?
The Automotive Safety Program (ASP) at Riley Hospital for Children worked alongside IMMI engineers to develop the SafeGuard Transport. Child safety experts provided input at every stage of development to ensure the product meets the needs of EMTs, as well as performs effectively to restrain child occupants during transport. The ASP includes some of the nation’s most prominent pediatricians and child passenger safety experts.
3. What guidelines are available to EMS providers about safe transportation of children?
You can find guidelines about the safe transportation of children on the NHTSA website, released in August 2010.
4. Does the SafeGuard Transport meet Federal standards?
The SafeGuard Transport meets the KKK-A-1822 specification required for an ambulance to be designated with a “Star of Life.”
The SafeGuard Transport meets all applicable requirements for restraining straps within the AMD004 litter retention standard from NTEA.
CAPE® engineers tested the SafeGuard Transport to ensure that it meets all applicable National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
5. What are the weight recommendations?
The SafeGuard Transport can be used with children 22 to 100 pounds.
6. Has the SafeGuard Transport been crash tested?
Numerous dynamic sled tests using child dummies of different sizes and an aggressive FMVSS 213 deceleration pulse were performed with passing results. No other system designed for children has been so aggressively tested.
7. If the SafeGuard Transport is in a crash, do I need to replace it?
If the SafeGuard Transport is involved in a crash, it may not perform as intended, and it should be replaced.
8. Does the SafeGuard Transport come with a warranty?
The SafeGuard Transport comes with a one year limited warranty. Replacement parts, such as the harness system, can be purchased from any certified SafeGuard Transport distributors.
9. How should the SafeGuard Transport be carried on the ambulance?
The compact SafeGuard Transport is designed to store in exterior or interior ambulance compartments.
10. Is the SafeGuard Transport safe for use with potential spinal cord injuries?
No, the SafeGuard Transport is not a backboard, so is not intended for use with potential spinal cord injuries.
11. What national standards govern the use of passenger restraints in ambulances?
There are currently no national standards that govern passenger restraints in ambulances, however the SafeGuard Transport meets all applicable NHTSA specifications available for child restraints, as well as meeting the Federal ambulance specification KKK-A-1822 and AMD standards for ambulance equipment. No other product on the market has been tested so thoroughly.
The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) is the trade association representing the nation’s manufacturers and distributors of commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment trailers and accessories. NTEA members include companies that produce every conceivable configuration of commercial trucks, including highly specialized vehicles, such as ambulances, snow and ice-control vehicles and several types of buses. AMD, a division of NTEA, is a standards-setting organization that establishes requirements to which all newly manufactured ambulances must conform. KKK-A-1822, the federal specification for ambulances, incorporates 15 different AMD standards that govern ambulances, including AMD004, focused on litter (cot) retention. The SafeGuard Transport meets all applicable requirements for restraining straps within the AMD004 litter retention standard, and meets all applicable KKK specifications required for an ambulance to be designated with a “Star of Life.”
12. How can I purchase the SafeGuard Transport?
The SafeGuard Transport can be purchased from any certified SafeGuard Transport distributors.