Infant Car Safety: The Role of Perinatal Caregivers


  • Deborah J. Davis B.S.N., R.N., A.C.C.E.

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    1. Deborah Davis is an ASPO-certified childbirth educator in private practice, providing childbirth education and early pregnancy classes. In addition, she is R.N. Supervisor for Pershing County, Nevada, Home Health Services, Inc.; Staff Nurse, pediatrics and postpartum, St. Mary's Hospital, Reno, NV; member ICEA, ASPO, Soroptimist International of Lovelock; chairman and creator of Safety Seat Loaner Program, Soroptimist of Lovelock.
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Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of morbidity and mortality of children. Yet parental compliance with restraint systems is 40.5 per cent. The lowest rates of compliance are with babies one to two months of age. The ideal time and place for infant car safety promotion is in expectant parent education programs and prenatal office consultations. Hospital maternity discharge nurses have an important role in motivating parents to install and properly use infant car seats.