The Importance of Child Passenger Safety

Originally presented on January 18, 2018

Paul Overbaugh
Child Passenger Safety Program Statewide Manager for the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Each year, approximately 7,090 children ages 0-12 in New York State are treated at a hospital for occupant-related injuries, 153 of whom injured seriously enough to require inpatient stays. Furthermore, approximately 41% of child occupants hospitalized due to motor vehicle crashes sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The treatment of people diagnosed with TBIs results in costly medical bills and frequently requires lifelong rehabilitation. This webcast will discuss the importance of child passenger safety, including the role of law enforcement and public health/health care professionals in improving child passenger safety. Child safety seat inspection stations, check events and educational resources will be covered and speakers will share evidence-based best practices in selection/use of child restraint systems to optimize passenger safety among children from birth through adolescence.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the importance of of child passenger safety, including the role of law enforcement and public health/health care professionals in improving child passenger safety.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the important potential of child passenger safety to reduce the risk of death and injury for child occupants in the event of a crash;
  • Describe factors which contribute to the high prevalence of child safety restraint misuse to better inform clients and families;
  • Describe the process for selecting an appropriate child safety seat; and
  • Identify available resources to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly.

Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and other medical and healthcare and public health professionals, social workers, law enforcement officials, EMTs, and others involved in traffic safety and child health.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until January 31, 2021.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2021.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2021. 

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers - #0011

This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until December 31, 2020.