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Mil Med. 2004 Jan;169(1):30-3.

Developing a child safety seat program.

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  • 1Maternal Child Health Nursing, Department of Nursing, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 98431, USA.


The Car Seat Committee at our facility was formed in April 2000 to implement the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement and recommendations for "Safe Transport of Newborns at Hospital Discharge." This study details the program developed at our facility to implement the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. In addition to the development of policies, the goals of the committee included: patient and staff education, marketing car seat information, community outreach, and research/reporting. The many initiatives and innovations of the committee enabled the hospital to create a solid foundation of child passenger safety. As a result of the actions of our committee, the Safety Restraint Coalition of the State of Washington designated the committee as a Child Passenger Safety Team, which is believed to be the first military team in the nation.

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