New Hospital Car Seat Program Kicks Off with Community Car Seat Check
For immediate release: October 12, 2017
BALTIMORE, MD (October 12) - Parent support and child safety are priorities for Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH). For this reason, the hospital hosted a Community Car Seat Check on Friday, September 29, 2017. The event provided installations and information for Baltimore area parents in partnership with Kids in Safety Seats (KISS), a program within the Maryland Department of Health. Additionally, the hospital kicked off its new integrated car seat program, making it the only hospital in Maryland for children with special needs which requires car seat checks for all inpatients before discharge.
"I'm a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and we are putting evidence-based best practices in place to ensure that our families’ most precious cargo make it home safe and sound,” said Melissa Beasley, Community Advocacy Manager at MWPH. “One out of three children dies in car accidents daily due to improperly installed child safety restraints — we are doing our best to prevent that number from getting any higher."
The Community Car Seat Check welcomed more than 20 families to the hospital’s main parking lot, where MWPH and KISS technicians demonstrated proper installation. Lauren Brown is the hospital’s newest Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and will manage the program in collaboration with MWPH’s other CPSTs.
“After completing the training and becoming certified, I’ve gained great understanding of the importance of educating parents and guardians about properly installing car seats and adjusting them as the child grows,” said Brown. “Some believe that this is a simple task, but, if it’s not done correctly, one accident could be life-changing for that family.”
The integrated car seat program at MWPH has a protocol for parents or guardians which includes viewing a training video and working with our hospital team to properly install the car seat before discharge. This program proactively supports parents who are often managing more health issues for their infants and toddlers than most. The program is one of many at MWPH that aims to make the transition home easier for patient families.
About Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital: Where Children go to Heal and Grow
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital provides family-focused, integrated care to children with serious, chronic or complex medical needs. Since 1922, the hospital has helped children heal from illness and injury, and now treats nearly 9,000 patients each year. The 102-bed hospital is a jointly owned affiliate of The University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine and has locations in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and in the community. For more information, please visit www.mwph.org.