Navigation Links
Emergency departments not doing enough to educate parents about car seat safety
Date:3/5/2013

Ann Arbor, Mich. Each year, more than 130,000 children younger than 13 are treated in U.S. emergency departments after motor-vehicle crash-related injuries.

Each of these visits offer a chance to pass along tips for proper use of child passenger restraints, but a new study from the University of Michigan indicates emergency departments may not be taking advantage of those opportunities.

In the study published today in Pediatric Emergency Care, more than one-third of ER physicians say they are uncertain whether their departments provide information about child passenger safety resources to their parents, says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., M.S., of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Less than half of the physicians responding in this study said that a parent of a 2-year-old being discharged following a motor-vehicle crash would be provided with discharge instructions including advice about car seats.

"Unfortunately, our research showed that many emergency physicians are not aware of community resources for child passenger safety," says Macy, who is a clinical lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

"We know the visit to the emergency department is a crucial opportunity to prevent future injuries. Families are frequently discharged following a car crash without referrals to local resources where parents can obtain additional information about child safety seats. This is concerning because child safety seats are complicated, and serious misuses are common," says Macy.

Motor-vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of death among children younger than 4 years and the leading cause of death among older children in the United States, in part because child passengers continue to be unrestrained, and 20 percent of 1- to 3-year-olds and nearly half of 4- to 7-year-olds do not use the recommended restraint for their age.

Macy and her co-authors also found that children who are seen in general emergency departments (without pediatric specialization) are the least likely to receive car seat information. But these general emergency departments treat more than 85% of children who need emergency care.

"Fewer than 15 percent of children seeking emergency care in the U.S. are seen in an emergency department with specialized pediatric services, such as our ER at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. So there's a huge number of physicians out there who may not have specialized pediatric resources available for their patients," Macy says.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, child safety seats should be replaced following a car crash unless these conditions are met: (1) the airbags did not deploy, (2) there was no vehicle intrusion nearest the safety seat, (3) the vehicle could be driven away from the collision, and (4) no passengers were injured.

Macy says she hopes this research will spur more emergency departments to begin providing resources to patients and connecting parents to existing community resources.

"It will be the kids that benefit, if their parents get the right information about how to use restraints and prevent injuries," says Macy.

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is a proud champion of child passenger safety through our Mott Buckle Up Program. In 2012 our team checked over 2,500 car seats across our region and distributed nearly 600 car seats to low-income families.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary F. Masson
mfmasson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. First Choice Emergency Room Opens New Facility in Austin Arboretum
2. First Choice Emergency Room Opens New Facility in Katy, Texas
3. MyFoodStorage.com announces an amazing promotion for the month of February of the Ultimate Emergency Meal Kit.
4. First Choice Emergency Room Names Dr. Shiraz Pirali Medical Director of New Katy, Texas Facility
5. Jupiter Pet Emergency Care Center Announces New Opening
6. Dr. Stephen Van Roekel Named Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room’s New Austin, Texas Facility
7. Free clinics reduce emergency department visits
8. First Choice Emergency Room Plans to Open New Facility in Katy, Texas
9. e-pill Announces Epilepsy Emergency Id Bracelet Disguised as a Discreet ALERT Watch
10. Action Restoration Now Offers 24/7 Emergency Water Damage Services in Riverside CA
11. LA BioMeds Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill honored by Emergency Medical Services Authority
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet is proud to announce the ... the innovative treatments, therapeutic technologies, and revolutionized nutrition that are helping patients and ... 6 years in the last 3 decades,” says Dr. Valentine Fuster, a world-renowned ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Universal ... systems and the first company to offer robotic imaging to veterinary medicine ... tradeshow booth # 941 for the American Association of Equine Practitioners 62nd Annual ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, ... delves into how this current generation fits into Bible Prophecy. Yisrayl says this generation, ... facts pointing to this conclusion, showing how the details line up exactly with Bible ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... On November 24th, 2016, ... from eight different sites throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This is the largest ... hard on Thanksgiving morning by putting together individual meals via assembly lines and ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative ... National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red ... 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... Dec. 2, 2016  PipelineRx, a leading medication management ... offering demonstrations of its SaaS-based telepharmacy platform, ... Pharmacists 2016 Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, December ... With nearly 300 hospital clients nationally, the Company ... designed to dramatically improve pharmacy operations, enhance patient ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Va. , Dec. 2, 2016  The ... by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), ... organizations can better address the opioid addiction crisis, ... Assisted Therapies (MAT). ATAG,s newly released ... Improving Access to Naloxone," addresses many issues around ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... bioLytical Laboratories, ein Weltführer bei schnellen Tests für ... Apothekenbundes von Kenia eingeführt. Continue Reading ... ... Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) bioLytical wurde durch die ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: