Instituting a Car Seat Safety Program at a Small Military Treatment Facility
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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability for children under the age of 12 in the United States. Use of a child safety seat including infant carriers, convertible car seats, rear facing car seats, front facing car seats, high back booster seats, and booster seats have been proven to decrease death and injury events drastically. Research has shown that most infants are placed in properly installed and fitted car seats, but as the child ages, the number of correctly installed, or even used, car/booster seats decreases steeply. Available resources to officially perform car seat safety checks have been shown to increase the number of correctly installed child passenger seats. In turn, these resources would theoretically decrease the number of death and disability resulting from motor vehicle crashes. A program development and evaluation project was implemented to provide safety checks by a certified technician in a small, outpatient Military Treatment Facility in the Midwestern United States.
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