The car seat program is both hospital/primary care focused as well as partnering with community stakeholders to promote safe travel of all children in the Kansas City community. Healthcare providers assess the CPS needs of children admitted to the hospital and those seen in during their well-child visits. Appropriate child safety restraints are provided to hospitalized patients to promote safe travel at discharge regardless of parents ability to purchase the restraint. Hospitalized children who can not "fit" into their regular car seat due to a medical condition such as a hip spica are provided a "loaner" medical restraint (the Britax/Snugseat HIPPO, the Merritt HOPE car bed, or the Merritt Jefferson rear facing restraint) or provided a or a modified EZ on Vest). Conventional car seats (infant, convertible and high back booster) and upright vest restraints are available for safe discharge travel to parents who are unable to provide an appropriate restraint.
Parents and health care providers may request 1:1 consultation with certified child passenger safety technicians for infants and children with special health care needs, Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00 p.m.
Phyllis Larimore RN MPH CPSTI and Shannon Bernal RN CPSTI provide leadership in partnership with local CPSTIs to offer 6-8 National Child Passenger Safety Training Courses annually. In addition, Ms Larimore and Ms Bernal are also approved instructors and conducts an annual training of the Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs, developed by Marilyn Bull MD, Automotive Safety Program, U of Indiana, in partnership with Ronda Lusk, RN CPSTI Via Christi-Wichita/Safe Kids Sedgewick CO KS.
Ms Larimore and Ms Lusk are approved instructors for the "Improving Occupant Protection for Non-Critical Pediatric Patients in Ambulances: A Training Curriculum for EMS Personnel" developed by Marilyn Bull MD, Automotive Safety Program, U of Indiana, offered to local and regional EMS providers transporting non-critical pediatric patients. The goal of the instructors is to train EMS providers as CPSTs and to support EMS providers in taking the training to their peers in KS and MO local communities.
IFCK-KC has hosted annual CPST Workshops since 2004, and beginning this summer, conducted the 2015 NHTSA School Transportation CPS Training Workshop in partnership with the Lees Summit MO School District's school bus transportation team.
Bike Safety IFCK-KC partners with BikeWalkKC to support a bike safety: Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) targeting 3rd-5th graders. BLAST is conducted by certified instructors provided by BikeWalkKC in 4 one hour sessions. IFCK-KC provides the training bikes and helmets for participants. CMH received a MoDOT traffic safety award through the local regional coalition - Destination Safe Coalition in 2014. The support funded the purchase of a cargo trailer and training bikes. CMH continues to provide the bike helmets and other training supplies and for Bike Rodeos in the Kansas City area.
Safe to Sleep at the Bedside - Nursing Practice IFCK-KC and the CMH staff developed a quality improvement project beginning in 2013 to assess nursing practice related to safe sleep policy and practices. This safe to sleep project leadership team included Kristin Voos MD, Amy Terreros RN DNP APNP, Nesha Parks RN, and Phyllis Larimore RN MPH. Healthcare providers received safe to sleep education based on the NICHD Safe to Sleep Nursing Curriculum and the AAP recommendations for safe to sleep. Pre-assessments indicated that nursing practice did not align with the NICHD recommendations. Interventions included one on one as well as group educational presentation, webinars and policy review and revision of policy/procedures and initiation of a sleep sack program to reduce the use of receiving blankets for swaddling. Infants sleep practices and access to a safe sleeping environment are assessed during admission and during well-infant visits by nurses. Consultations for education is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. The hospital provides a portable crib for parents who are not able to provide a safe sleeping environment. Mandatory safe sleep education requirements for all healthcare providers was instituted in 2015. Assessment is ongoing.
Home Safety CMH healthcare providers conduct an assessment of risk of injury in the home and have access to safety products through the CCCS including portable cribs to promote safe sleep, gun locks through the Security and Trauma Services Departments.
IFCK-KC supports the mission of Charlie's House, a local non-profit organization, dedicated to reducing the risk of injury to children in and around the home, providing educational home safety presentations to small groups and health/safety fairs such as the Baby Love Safety Fair in partnership with local Safe Kids Coalitions.
Burn/Scald Injury Prevention Chris Cassidy , LPN, is a burn prevention specialist, leading the IFCK-KC burn prevention program. Chris partners with local fire departments and schools to educate children in the risks of fire play and to assess the child's home environment for fire hazards. Chris and Ms Larimore partnered with the KCMO Fire Department and the Kansas City KS Fire Department to offer the "Sound Off" program to local schools in ZIP codes with a high rate of home fires in 2015-2016 school term.
Chris participates in many health/safety fairs annually including the Sprint Family Fun Series held in downtown KCMO, with Dave Seastrom RN and Trauma Services Injury Prevention/Education Outreach Specialist.