Safe transportation for Children with orthopedic conditions: current roadblocks

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2017/03/22 20:48

Are car seats for children with orthopedic and special needs becoming another orphan pediatric issue like certain drugs. Why is navigating through the bureaucracy of regulations as difficult as installing a convertible car seat in a sports car?

Dr. Richard Stanwick from Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria will join us to describe the challenges of securing the needed car seats in the face of safety being offset by market forces.

Kathleen Montpetit and Nathalie Bilodeau from Shriners Hospital for Children dive deeper into the pediatric orthopedic conditions and surgeries or interventions which prevent the use of regular car seats. They will give a brief background and history of the Car Seat Loan Program including:

  • The initiation of the program
  • The operational aspects of the car seat loan program
  • Equipment used (Hippo Car Seat, E-Z-E-on Vest)

The three panelists will discuss the current issues with lapses in regulatory approval and strategies to overcome this roadblock as well as identify opportunities for advocacy.

Click here to download Dr. Richard Stanwick's presentation

Click here to download Nathalie Bilodeau and Kathleen Montpetit's presentation

Dr. Richard Stanwick is the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria. He is responsible for overseeing a variety of critical public health programs as well as engaging in advocacy and seeking general improvements in the health of the public. 

Dr. Stanwick completed his medical school training and received his Fellowship in Pediatrics after training at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. 

Dr. Stanwick is the author of numerous scientific publications and has presented at local, national and international meetings. He is a recognized authority in the area of childhood injury prevention and smoking control and is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contributions to public health. 

Nathalie Bilodeau, OT, MSC. is an occupational therapist who has been working at the Shriners Hospital for Children–Canada since October  1999 and  is the senior Occupational therapist. She received her bachelor degree from McGill University and her Master degree from UQAM.

Nathalie has developed an expertise in evaluation and treatment of the upper extremity over the years with a special interest in hand anomalies. She is a certified hand therapist (CHT) participating in a special interest group on hands and is a member of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists.  She is the SHC–Canada rehabilitation expert in upper extremity management in cerebral palsy and is an active member of the “regroupement provincial des intervenants en paralysie cérébrale” (provincial special interest group for cerebral palsy).

Nathalie is very active in updating the car seat loan program at SHC. In particular she keeps track of recent changes in car seat equipment and has established important links with community and government stakeholders.

Kathleen Montpetit has been affiliated with the Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada (SHC), a center specialized in the care of children with orthopedic conditions, since 1979. She worked initially as an Occupational Therapist and later as the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Coordinator of the Clinical Research & Outcomes Program until her retirement in 2014. Kathleen is a graduate of McGill University, with a BSc in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science.

Since her retirement Kathleen continues to be involved in pediatric orthopedics at SHC, primarily as a clinical research assistant with the orthopedic group and as well as a consultant and mentor to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta team. Kathleen has extensive experience with various pediatric orthopedic populations including Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), arthrogryposis and cerebral palsy from both a clinical and research perspective.

She is the author of several peer reviewed journal articles related to OI, limb length discrepancy, and cerebral palsy with a focus on function and quality of life of children before and after interventions. She has presented at several international conferences

The occupational therapy team at SHC has been a strong advocate for the safe transportation of children with orthopedic conditions for several decades as highlighted by their initiation of a car seat loan program in the early nineties