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Car Seat and Child Passenger Safety Program

Car Seat and Child Passenger Safety Program - Departments & Programs, Programs and Initiatives

All staff of AFCH has a responsibility to insure that pediatric patients are transported home safely when discharged. Staff should be thinking about how a patient will be transported home early in a patient's admission. To assist staff with planning and coordinating the safe transport of pediatric patients, the Child Passenger Safety Program has been developed. 


Focus

To provide guidance and resources for staff to help with patient's child restraint needs, contact us by calling (608) 890-8078 or paging pager #2000. If our coordinator is unavailable, there is a core child passenger safety technician group (consisting of AFCH staff with other job responsibilities) within the hospital that can assist with child restraint needs if they are available to do so. 

With proper planning for discharge, all patients and caregivers that need child passenger safety resources should be able to receive the correct resources and proper education.

FAQ

I have a patient who needs a car seat. How do I get one for the patient's family?

First, contact the Child Passenger Safety Program at (608) 890-8078 or pager 2000.  We can assist you with getting a seat and providing education to the caregivers about using the seat. 

If we are unavailable, use the Child Passenger Safety Core Team contact list to see if there is a technician available to assist you. 

If no child passenger safety technicians are available to assist you, contact hospital security to get a child restraint from the storage area. (Check the label on the side or bottom of car seat to make sure the patient is within the age, weight and height range to use the restraint.) Direct the caregiver to the instruction manual on the back of the restraint for directions on proper use of the seat. Do not give any advice or education on the child restraint without proper training in child passenger safety. 

Please have the caregiver fill out and sign the release of liability waiver that is available next to the car seats in the storage room, or in the Child Passenger Safety resource binders, located in each of the nursing units that house pediatric patients (P4, P5, PICU, Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Burn Unit, and Emergency Department).

I have a patient who should ride in a child restraint, but the patient now has a medical need that will not allow him or her to ride properly in the restraint. How do we get the patient home safely?

For children with special medical needs, planning ahead before discharge is necessary to insure that a child restraint will be available for the patient to use. Resources are available for patients with special medical needs. Please contact the Child Passenger Safety Program at (608) 890-8078 or pager 2000, to assist you in getting the proper child restraint. 

If the program coordinator is unavailable, refer to the Child Passenger Safety Core Team contact list to find a technician to assist you with a child restraint for special medical needs. 

If those avenues are unsuccessful, contact the social worker or case manager for the patient to assist with getting a child restraint.

I have a patient with a Spica-cast who no longer fits into his or her car seat. How do we transport the patient home?

First, contact the Child Passenger Safety Program at (608) 890-8078 or pager 2000 to assess the patient's child restraint needs and provide the patient's family with the proper resources to transport the patient home safely. 

If the program coordinator is unavailable, refer to the Child Passenger Safety Core Team contact list to find a technician to assist you with a child restraint for special medical needs. 

If those avenues are unsuccessful, contact the social worker or case manager for the patient to assist with getting a child restraint. 

Resources

Forms

Websites

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Safe Kids Coalition

Safe Ride Helpline for Child Passenger Safety

SeatCheck

uwhealthkids.org

Wisconsin Child Passenger Safety Advocates