Child Passenger Safety
May 12, 2015Car seats are essential for keeping children protected in motor vehicles. However, parents and caregivers may not realize that car seats (and other sitting/carrying devices) can actually pose a serious threat to children when they are used outside of their intended purposes. Recent research has explored injuries and even fatalities that can occur when these devices are used inappropriately.
May 7, 2015Current testing protocols for evaluation of child restraint systems (CRS) do not always reflect real-world scenarios. CIRP@CHOP and Monash University researchers conducted a large-scale naturalistic study of children restrained in CRS that vehicles instrumented with Microsoft Xbox Kinect Sensors™. One million Kinect images later, we know more about realistic child movements in their CRS.
April 9, 2015New campaign from NHTSA, "Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up", reminds parents to insist on correct restraint use for their kids between ages of 8 and 14. With my young children, my goal is to make buckling up automatic or second nature as they grow into Tweens and Teens
April 2, 2015At the Lifesavers Conference held last month in Chicago, I presented on my research examining the awareness, attitudes, and dissemination practices of pediatricians two years following the release of the revised American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement on child passenger safety. The presentation elicited some interesting questions that I thought would be worth sharing.
March 5, 2015It is no surprise that researchers often seek out cost-effective ways to conduct rigorous research. What may be surprising, however, is that a new data collection tool being utilized by CIRP@CHOP investigators is part of a gaming system that many families have in their homes.
February 12, 2015This post explores the question-- should evidence-based recommendations for optimal child passenger safety be translated into legislation?
December 18, 2014With the holiday season upon us, visiting relatives may offer to help out with carpools and pick-ups while they are visiting. Although this is a great help to parents and other primary caregivers, it also may warrant a refresher in best practice child passenger safety recommendations.
November 20, 2014Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.