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This issue has come up for us. We document that the parents receive information on where to get inexpensive car seats and that they are given a copy of the Arizona law regarding children being restrained(per our legal department's request).  We have some car seats that we give out on a case by case basis.  We currently do not have any certified car seat installers but we are working to train some staff to do this as a community service.

Lisa Davidson RN, BSN, MA
Pediatric Clinical Education Consultant
Mendy's Place/Kidszone
John C. Lincoln Hospitals
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From: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Fergus Thornton
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2010 2:01 PM
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Subject: Re: Discharging babies without a car sealt?

This is an issue?!?  I had no idea.  Hospitals are now responsible for parents using a car seat?  Do we check for air bags and SB's when we d/c other pt's?  How did this become  our responsibility?

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>From: Gill Winnik <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Jun 12, 2010 11:36 AM
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>Subject: Discharging babies without a car sealt?
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>WE encounter situations where babies are brought to the ER ambulance but when they are discharged the parents have no car seat and are knowingly sent out to travel by car service that does not have car seats.
>When parents have no money or are not allowed to carry money with them (orthodox Jews on a Sabbath) the hospital will provide a voucher.
>We know that no hospital in the US will discharge a newborn without the parents bringing a car seat, doesn't it make sense to have the same concern when discharging a baby from the ER ?
>Is there also a legal liabilty when the hospital pays (with a voucher) for a taxi/car service to transport this bay home - without a car seat.
>How do other hospital tacle this problem ?
> 
>thanks
>Giora (Gill) Winnik MD
>Maimonides Medical Center
>Brooklyn NY
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