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Failure of hospitals to promote the use of child restraint devices.
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PMID:  3369405     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children. In 1977, Tennessee adopted the nation's first law requiring the use of child restraint devices (CRDs), but despite extensive promotional efforts, a majority of young children still travel unrestrained. We surveyed all acute-care hospitals in Tennessee to determine their policies regarding CRDs. Of 109 hospitals with obstetric services, 28 (26%) had a policy calling for discharged newborns to be transported in CRDs; only seven (5%) of 128 pediatric services had such a policy. It is time for hospitals and professional organizations to adopt policies to ensure that the parents of every child discharged from an obstetric or pediatric unit are educated concerning CRD use laws and are able to comply with them. Pediatricians should consider incorporating "discharge in child restraint device" into their routine discharge orders.
M D Decker; G A Bolton; M J Dewey; G Smith; W Schaffner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of diseases of children (1960)     Volume:  142     ISSN:  0002-922X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1988 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-22     Completed Date:  1988-06-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370471     Medline TA:  Am J Dis Child     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  656-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic*
Child, Preschool
Health Promotion
Infant, Newborn
Patient Discharge
Protective Devices*
Restraint, Physical
Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*

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