Should parents accompany pediatric interfacility ground ambulance transports? The parent's perspective

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2000 Dec;16(6):383-90. doi: 10.1097/00006565-200012000-00001.


Parental accompaniment can be a positive experience for the parent and the patient, as perceived by the parent. It can also be accomplished effectively without hindering the delivery of intratransport medical care by a nurse/nurse or nurse/physician transport team. This survey, along with the responses from other parents, led our team to adopt the position that a parent is welcome and encouraged to accompany the transport team if he or she wishes to. The team has recognized the importance of the family unit during the stressful period surrounding an acute medical issue and interfacility transport. The transport team reserves the option to ask that a parent not ride along if they suspect the parent might not function as a supportive team member (ie, the parent is belligerent, inebriated, or hostile). The parent normally rides in the passenger seat of the ambulance, and we encourage him or her to interact with the patient as much as possible. Occasionally parents ride in the back of the ambulance if the patient's situation allows for that option (ie, no anticipated need for potential interventions, number of team personnel, etc.).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ambulances*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transportation of Patients