APA (NSW) Member Update
Child Capsules & Child Restraints
Friday 14 October 2016
Members around the State has repeatedly raised concerns about the use of child capsules. Concerns raised include:
APA (NSW) has continued to raise these concerns and work with NSWA to find practical solutions. NSWA has indicated that they are currently reviewing the use of capsules, the instructions/skill manuals related to the capsules and they have also sent a capsule off for testing to Stryker.
APA (NSW) is also aware that this issue has also been raised with SafeWork NSW and we are waiting for further information.
Whilst this safety issue remains, we advise members to be cautious. If you do not believe that you can transport a child safely using the child capsule, do not do so.
Members have informed us that not all NSWA vehicles are equipped with the shadow harnesses, despite NSWA stating that they have purchased enough harnesses. We have raised this issue once again with NSWA and they are working to correct this issue. If your Ambulance does not have a harness, please let your local APA (NSW) delegate know.
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