Certified child passenger safety technicians needed

The Interim LSU Public Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans invites the public to help decrease the number of injuries and fatalities on Louisiana roadways by becoming a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

The National Child Passenger Safety Technician Program is coming to the Lake Charles area March 6-9, according to a press release from Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force (LPSTF). For a limited time, the course is offered free to participants. This is a 40-hour course for individuals who are interested in educating the public on the proper installation of child restraints. Child restraint misuse remains high in our state and through partnerships we can make a difference.

The course was developed by the National Child Passenger Safety Board to meet the needs of traffic safety, health professionals and first responders who are responsible for or educate others on the proper installation of child safety seats.  Successful completion renders certified child passenger safety technicians through the SAFE KIDS Worldwide Campaign.

Proper installation of child restraints promotes compliance with the Louisiana child restraint law, and decreases the number of childhood injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Having certified technicians at an agency provides the technical knowledge needed to address installation issues, allows for participation in community events, health fairs, and even the development of a fitting station at a facility.

According to LPSTF, a fitting station is a place where parents and caregivers can learn how to safely transport children by using the appropriate child safety seat or vehicle safety belt correctly from a certified passenger safety technician. Fitting stations provide an invaluable service to the community and the agency, as well as the necessary education to enforce the child passenger safety law.

Certified technicians encourage and enforce the use of adult seatbelt usage.

Crashes are the number one cause of death for every age from 3 through 33, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC). In 2010, there were 720 fatalities in Louisiana and 70,000 injuries as a result of motor vehicle crashes. Also, every day, an average of five children age 14 and younger are killed and 548 are injured in motor vehicle crashes.

Child safety seats have been shown to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities and the associated economic, physical and emotional burden that surround crashes. Correctly installed and used child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants, by 54 percent for toddlers, and reduce the need for hospitalization by 69 percent.

Currently, Louisiana child passenger safety misuse rates are above 90 percent, according to LHSC.

Technicians can provide education staff and community. Having certified technicians decreases your agency’s liability and helps develop agency to agency relationships. It can also increase an agency’s eligibility for grant funding.

Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians have worked hard throughout Louisiana to correct the problem – saving a countless number of lives.  Please join our efforts.

Optional Continuing Education Contact Hours are available for RNs, EMTs, and Health Educators.

“We encourage you to join our efforts and make a direct impact on traffic safety,” said Program Director Bridget Gardener, R.N. “This is not an insoluble problem. Be a part of the solution. Save lives.”

Class size is limited to 30 individuals. Everyone is encouraged to register as soon as possible as the course will fill quickly. A $60 cancellation fee will apply to all cancellations 10 days prior to the first day of class.

For additional information concerning the course, contact Gardner at (504) 903-3181 bgardn@lsuhsc.edu or Patty Clesi at (504) 903-4296 pdough@lsuhsc.edu.

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