The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems offers the CPS & OP Healthcare Project as part of its EMS for Children program. The project is funded by the Maryland Highway Safety Office with use of federal funds. The focus of the project is to promote “best practice” child passenger safety (CPS) & occupant protection (OP) education and discharge policies for Maryland hospitals and health care professionals. Education and resources are provided free of charge to Maryland's hospitals to ensure that parents and caregivers are doing the most they can to keep children safe.
This MIEMSS’ project, with funding from the Maryland Highway Safety Office, will be giving some free car seats and patient education materials to Maryland hospitals starting in Spring 2020. Hospital emergency department staff can then give them to families being discharged from the ED to help keep their patients safe.
If you are registered to participate in this project and want to view the short, online training, "CPS Webinar - Child Passenger Safety in Emergency Departments 2020", Click Here.
To see details about what you would receive through this project, Click Here.
If you are interested in participating, send an email to email@example.com
Emma Sartin, MPH, PhD, describes her research into the effectiveness of interventions to increase car seat use including anticipatory counseling, and transitions from harnessed seats to boosters. She also gives an overview of disparities in CPS use in U.S. children. A panel of clinicians and safety advocates comment on the research findings in light of their diverse experiences.
To receive CEU credit, listeners must answer and return the quiz and get 80% or greater correct.
Therese Pelicano, CPTS and former Transportation Manager for Frederick County Public Schools gives an overview of how children using wheelchairs should be transported safely. Elizabeth Farrell, PT, CPST from Kennedy Krieger Institute presents two case studies. An additional video shows a parent’s perspective (Carolyn Darrehmane, RN, CPST)
Preventing Child Heatstroke in Cars
Maryland healthcare agencies can borrow the outdoor heatstroke prevention display, with the in-and-out-of car temperature monitors that show how quickly a car heats up. For more information about the display, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This 20" x 78" metal stand comes in 3 parts in a large plastic case (28" x 48" x 13"; 125 lbs). Five large magnets are also provided for your display vehicle to convey additional prevention messages, along with handouts.
Need a car seat checked for safety?
Want to learn how to re-install it properly?
Visit Maryland Safe Kids to make an appointment at a local car seat check-up event!
Guidelines & Resources for Providers
To request an educational session on car seat safety for your unit's staff,
please contact our Project coordinator at: email@example.com
Car Beds & Seats for Premature or Medically Fragile Infants.mov (14 min. 24 secs.)
Updated Best Practice Guidelines on ICSC Test (11/2018)
Hospital Discharge Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children
Information for Parents: The Infant Car Seat Challenge Test (11/2018)
The Infant Car Seat Challenge Test - Spanish Version (11/2018)
Safe Ride News handouts on car seat topics - available in quantity.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order these free materials
Helpful Resources & References
Automotive Safety Program at Riley Children's Hospital
Carseats with Best Fit for Preemies & Small Newborns
SAMPLE waiver Form for Parents/Caregivers refusing to comply with hospital policy on safe transport of newborn
Glossary for Special Needs: Technology Assisted Care Equipment, Medications & Machines (Printable PDF - Updated 2004)
Glossary for Special Needs: Disabilities & Medical Terminology (Printable PDF - Updated 2004)
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statements for Children with Special Needs:
• Selecting and Using the Most Appropriate Car Safety Seats for Growing Children: Guidelines for Counseling Parents /AAP Policy Statement
• Safe Transportation of Premature and Low Birth Weight Infants
• Safe Transportation of Newborns at Hospital Discharge
• Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs
The following are links to resources where you can obtain further information on various special health care needs.
11 x 17" color poster: "Car Seat and Seatbelt Ages & Stages for Children"
To receive up to 10 Free posters or a set of printable "Safest Travel" handouts in five languages, email email@example.com, or go to our website: www.miemss.org/home.emsc/cps
Pre-Driver Education Program
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for youth, yet preteens are less likely to be buckled up than younger children and adults, .and they often have other behaviors that increase their risk, such as distracting the driver, sitting in unsafe positions, and riding with unsafe drivers.
MIEMSS is seeking to address the problem with an innovative community or school-based educational program.
The Be-Tween Riding and Driving program has nurse and safety advocates educate youth ages 10 to 15 years to ride more safely in vehicles. The program builds on youths’ interest in becoming drivers in the near-future and uses a variety of educational techniques including: discussion, hands-on practice, audio-visuals, role plays, games, and pledging. Parents’ participation is an optional component of the safe driving pledge, which uses the Safe Kids Worldwide program, “Countdown2Drive.”
The program and its materials are free to Maryland safety advocates and educators. Train-the-trainer sessions can be scheduled by contacting the CPS & OP Healthcare Project, 410-706-8647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Program Teaches Tweens to be Safer Car Occupants
Promotional Flyers for Tween Program
Parental Permission Form
Pre Questionnaire for Participants
Post Questionnaire for Participants
Facilitator Feedback Form
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