Did You Know:

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 cps@miemss.org.

NICU & Newborn Nursery Resources

"The Infant Carseat Challenge" training DVD for healthcare providers
To request your free copy, send us an email at: cps@miemss.org

To request an educational session on car seat safety for your unit's staff, 
please contact our Project coordinator at: cps@miemss.org

Guidelines & Resources for Providers

Car Beds & Seats for Premature or Medically Fragile Infants.mov (14 min. 24 secs.)
Updated Best Practice Guidelines on ICSC Test
Anticipatory Guidance for Caregivers of Infants Needing the ICSC Test
Hospital Discharge Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children

Patient Education

Information for Parents: The Infant Car Seat Challenge Test
Safe Ride News handouts on car seat topics.
Contact cps@miemss.org to order these free materials

Helpful Resources & References

AAP Clinical Report (2009)
Automotive Safety Program at Riley Children's Hospital
Carseats with Best Fit for Preemies & Small Newborns
Hospital Discharge of the High-Risk Neonate (AAP, 2008)
SAMPLE Release Form for Parents/Caregivers refusing to comply with hospital policy/recommendations on safe transport of newborn 

Transporting Children with Special Needs

Resources:  

Glossary for Special Needs: Technology Assisted Care Equipment, Mediations & Machines) (Printable PDF) 
Glossary for Special Needs: Disabilities & Medical Terminology) (Printable PDF) 

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

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Other Links:
The following are links to resources where you can obtain further information on various special health care needs.

The Automotive Safety Program at Riley Hospital
Center for Parent Information and Resources
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Autism Society of America
Epilepsy Foundation-National Office 
Hydrocephalus Association
Little People of America
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
National Association for Down Syndrome Society 
New Resource on Transporting Occupants with Special Healthcare Needs in Wheelchairs
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
Spina Bifida Association of America
United Cerebral Palsy