The Importance of Child Passenger Safety

Originally presented on January 18, 2018

Speaker:
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.


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