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Citation

Eventov-Friedman S, Bar-Oz B, Zisk-Rony RY. Acta Paediatr. 2014; 103(1): 57-61.

Affiliation

Department of Neonatology, Hadassah and Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2014, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/apa.12431

PMID

24112313

Abstract

AIM: To evaluate an intervention to enhance parents' use of car safety seats (CSSs) for their newborn baby's first journey home from the hospital in a population not usually exposed to television, internet and mainstream printed media.

METHODS: Parents of newborn babies who did not bring a CSS to the hospital before their baby was discharged were lent a CSS to use in a 'safe taxi' service. All taxi drivers were trained to install the CSS safely. The intervention was evaluated using preprogramme questionnaires and follow-up interviews 4-8 weeks after discharge.

RESULTS: Twelve parents participated in the intervention during the study period (January to April 2011) and in the evaluation process. Eleven couples were Jewish and one was Muslim. Most (75%) reported that they had not previously used CSS routinely and the reason was not financial. Following the 'safe taxi' intervention, 83% reported the use of CSS when travelling in all vehicles (excluding buses). On follow-up, most participants reported that the intervention increased their awareness and the use of CSS.

CONCLUSION: The intervention, targeted at this specific population, was well received by the parents, increased awareness, changed practices and assured that more newborns travelled home safely in a CSS.

©2013 Foundation Acta Paediatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Language: en

Keywords

Car safety seat; Intervention; Newborn; Parents; Safety

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