Loaner Car Seats for Patients with Spica Casts
Your child may require a spica cast to correct developmental dysplasia of the hip, hip instability due to Down syndrome, or a femur or pelvic fracture from a traumatic injury.
To arrange safe transportation home:
Call your orthopedic surgeon or the surgeon’s staff ahead of time.
Ask how wide the cast it will be, and how much it will bend at the knees.
Consider if the child in a spica cast can fit in a conventional car seat.
Depending on how the cast is made, sometimes a small baby may fit into a car bed.
If your child will be in a spica cast following orthopedic surgery and needs a car seat, you may arrange to pick one up from the Trauma services. Learn more about the types of child passenger safety devices available for children in spica casts below.
Reservation Policy: Please reserve 1-2 weeks ahead. Contact the Trauma Department office at least a week or two prior to the scheduled surgery to reserve a loaner seat. Supplies are limited and the Trauma Department cannot guarantee a loaner will be available.
Learn more about the types of car seats available for children in spica casts below.
Please come to the Trauma office and sign the letter of financial responsibility. You will be given guidance on how to install the seat correctly and resources to have the seat checked for correct installation.
You must return the seat to the Trauma office (or to the Emergency Department if Trauma is closed) at the time of your Orthopedic follow-up appointment. Please do not plan to leave the car seat in the Orthopedic department.
Other options for transport are available.
Your child may fit in a car seat that has no sides and reclines forward facing as well as rear facing. The Diono car seats usually fit a spica cast. Some Britax seats may also work.
Bonnie Lovette, RN, MS, PNP
Trauma Services, Injury Prevention Coordinator
Phone: (510) 428-3045