During Anaphylaxis- do you buckle up?

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 10:11am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I ask kind of tongue-in-cheek, obviously.

We always have, but I am not so sure that I would again- at least not if we were coming from our house again (since it is a two minute drive to the ER, and buckling/unbuckling probably costs us as much time.)

On the other hand, I can see the argument that you might be even more likely to be involved in an accident (if EVER there were a "distracted driving" situation, this is it, eh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )... so what do all of you think about this?

Oh dear. I forgot I wasnot in Living With PA forum..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] My apologies!!!

[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited April 13, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 10:51am
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I would have to consciously think "don't buckle up" to not buckly up. It's automatic to me. So yes, I would.
Of course, this is coming from someone who buckled up in hard labour - in a pinto. Everytime I got a contraction I'd hit the release button, lift half off the seat, then when it passed, buckle up again.

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 11:11am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

The only time we had to drive to the emergency room for our child was not for anaphylaxis, but for an obviously broken arm. We are a 5 minute drive from the ER and it was around 9:30 at night.
I held my dd in the back seat of our Jeep at just turned 2 years old, excrutiatingly aware, each moment, that she was not in her car seat! Her arm was clearly broken, midshaft forearm, most likely both bones(I was right), and I could not imagine getting her arm into the car seat to buckle her, and felt I needed to hold her to hold her arm stable. This was a very educated decision, knowing I could risk nerve injury if her fracture was very unstable(PT with a specialty cert. in orthopedics).
Can you tell it was killing me to have to make this decision??
I have never experienced anaphylaxis, but I do not know what I would do. Most likely the quickest thing. I thought I would call 911, but actually, if we gave epi, and my child were breathing and reasonable out of immediate distress, I would buckle her up, sit next to her, and we are a 5 minute drive fron the hospital(makes a big difference). We can most likely drive faster than if we waited for an ambulance after calling 911. (edited here)Of course, I assume that I have a driver(dh)!! If I were alone, gosh, I do not know! I would try to have a neighbor drive or call 911 or if I *had* to drive alone, I think I would put dd in her car seat.
Tough call, but if I thought the airway were better maintained unbuckled, I would make the decision based on the highest priority, keeping airway open, etc... becca
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Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 11:48am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

A couple of years ago, there was a story in the newspaper in Tampa, about a couple who were bringing their toddler to the ER (no idea what she was suffering from, but it could have been anaphylaxis. Could have been plenty of things too).
The mother had the child in her arms, and the father was driving. No one was buckled and they got into a car accident. Mother and child died.
If I can't buckle up my kid, I'm asking for an ambulance.

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 1:19pm
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I like your answer Darthcleo, call an ambulance. That's my motto.

Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2003 - 11:39pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

This is total curiosity, not trying to debate or challenge, but how securely buckled are people riding in an ambulance, and the family members who might ride along? Then, how secure is the stretcher? Anyone have the unfortunate experience of knowing, or work in that field?
Mommabear, if you are reading, doesn't your dh do this for work(rescue)?
Darthcleo, a very potent story. becca

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 1:12am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I've ridden in an ambulance three times, once with my son and twice with my grandmother on the gurney. They were definitely strapped in and the gurney is locked to the floor of the ambulance. I was buckled into a seat, as were the ambulance attendants.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 4:21am
SpudBerry's picture
Joined: 07/23/2002 - 09:00

In an amublance, they tried to put little Michael (who was 13 months old and having and anaphylactic reaction to peanut at the time) on the stretcher with this HUGE red belt strapped across his lap - I said NO!
So I ran and got my car seat out of my car and put him in it then we used that HUGE red strap to attach the car seat onto the stretcher. That way we also had a safe way of transporting him back home from the hospital 6 hours later.
I nor the EMT in the back with us were strapped in for the ride. Actually the EMT was running around doing things most of the way - talking on the phone to doctors, and trying to work on Mike, and screaming at the driver several times to HURRY UP - He's not responding!!!
Just a lovely trip!
On another note - the other time I was ever in an ambulance - the Non PA twin had RSV and was taken from the doctor's office to the hospital via an ambulance - they were very careful to make sure that we were ALL strapped in properly. Of course Ben was only 6 weeks old and still in the Carrier type of carseat so it was much easier to get him fastened in.

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