PA AAP Guiding Them Home Safely: Child Passenger Safety (CPS) for Health Care Providers - 5.18.23
1. Explain Pennsylvania’s Child Passenger Safety (CPS) law.
2. Describe American Academy of Pediatrics child passenger safety best practice recommendations for safe travel for all children.
3. Discuss key educational messages regarding correct selection and use of child restraints.
4. Discuss Hospital Discharge/Physician Practice Recommendations for the Safe Transportation of Children.
Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children 4 years of age and older. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides 5 evidence-based recommendations for best practices in the choice of a child restraint system to optimize safety in passenger vehicles for children from birth through adolescence:
(1) rear-facing car safety seats as long as possible;
(2) forward-facing car safety seats from the time they outgrow rear-facing seats for most children through at least 4 years of age;
(3) belt-positioning booster seats from the time they outgrow forward-facing seats for most children through at least 8 years of age;
(4) lap and shoulder seat belts for all who have outgrown booster seats;
(5) all children younger than 13 years to ride in the rear seats of vehicles. It is important to note that every transition is associated with some decrease in protection; therefore, a delay in transition for as long as possible is encouraged for all stages. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges all pediatricians to know and promote these recommendations as part of child passenger safety anticipatory guidance at every health supervision visit.
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Teresa Rychlak, Southeast Regional Training Coordinator
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and the PA Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics. The University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team..
The University of Pittsburgh School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 1.00 Attendance