DCMC Injury Prevention Program

DCMC Injury Prevention Program

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Texas weather can be very unpredictable! With kids changing their clothes from winter coats, to t-shirts and back, it's important to remember that outfit changes can have a big impact on how their car seat harness fits them. Be sure that each time you harness/remove your child from their car seat that you are double checking the fit of the harness system. Performing the "Pinch Test" as shown in the video below will give you peace of mind that its fitting just right. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your car seat, contact the Kids in Cars team for a virtual appointment!
(512) 324-TOTS
DCMC Injury Prevention Program Texas Department of Transportation
https://www.youtube.com.us.cas.ms/watch?v=pnQRvuRlOks
While we are still waiting to get clearance to be out in the community doing car seat inspections, we are hosting virtual car seat checks in the mean time!
With these virtual meetings, a certified child passenger safety technician can help you with:
- Understanding all the parts of your car seat
-Installation in your vehicle
-Harnessing your child
-Safe travel tips
-Any questions you have about transporting your kiddos safely!
Give our team a call at (512) 324 8687 to schedule your appointment!
Safe Kids Austin DCMC Injury Prevention Program Texas Department of Transportation
Lets talk Tuesday! Now that you have your car seat and are ready to install, the question becomes "But where?!" Well, here are some helpful tips and notes you can use to make the decision. Of course, there are other factors not considered here so be sure to use your best judgement as the caretaker!
Still feeling unsure? Schedule a virtual appointment with the Kids in Cars team! We will set you up with a certified child passenger safety technician who can answer questions about installation, harnessing, safe travel tips, and more! Give us a call at (512) 324-TOTS (8687) DCMC Injury Prevention Program Texas Department of Transportation
All of our program tip cards are available for request in limited quantities. Topics include: Water Safety, Car Seat Safety, Booster Seat Safety, Sleep Safety, and General Safety. If interested, complete the following request form to place an order.

Our mission is to lessen the burden of pediatric injury by identifying and addressing risks that affect the lives of patients and families in Central Texas

Our Mission: To lessen the burden of pediatric injury by identifying and addressing injury risks that affect the lives of patients and families at DCMC and throughout our central Texas communities. The DCMC injury prevention program will accomplish this by strengthening individual knowledge and skills, providing community education and access to resources, educating providers, fostering coalitions

Operating as usual

10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from the DCMC Injury Prevention Program!

04/29/2019

Proud of our staff Lindsay Pollok presenting at the Trauma Prevention Coalition Symposium in Vegas.

02/08/2019

Proudly participating in the Texas A&M University public health practicing fair today. We encourage students to consider a career path working with injury prevention. We look forward to receiving your internship application.

01/17/2019

This team is pretty special! We are so glad to be able to help our community become a safer place for kids to live, laugh, and play!

10/25/2018

Our team invested in some team building time today as we begin to develop a new strategic plan for DCMC Injury Prevention. This escape room only has a 17% completion rate so it’s pretty awesome that our team made it out alive with five minutes to spare.

08/29/2018

Foster Village

We’re so thankful for our partners at Dell Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Team and their KidsInCarsDCMC program!
Not only do they help us in providing car seats to children entering foster care, they provide the life-saving training to our staff and volunteers to make it possible for us to have certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on site for the families we serve- so we can both equip AND educate 🙌🏼🎉

nytimes.com 08/21/2018

Health Officials Prepare to Track Electric Scooter Injuries

Tracking injuries due to electric scooters in Austin is not such a bad idea? https://nyti.ms/2O2JIDZ

nytimes.com Doctors and public health workers in San Francisco are preparing to track injuries from electric scooters and the other transportation services blossoming in the city.

06/29/2018

Proud of the work our Safe Kids Austin members do for our community. Such a privilege to have the support of Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and Seton Healthcare Family in our efforts.

We had so much fun talking about water safety and teaching child CPR today with these amazing moms at Communities In Schools of Central Texas ASPIRE program!

ascension.ttcportals.com 05/31/2018

Project Coordinator - Kids in Cars in Austin, TX - Ascension

Our Kids In Cars project is looking for a new coordinator. see the following job posting. https://ascension.ttcportals.com/jobs/2810491-project-coordinator-kids-in-cars

ascension.ttcportals.com As part of Ascension's Texas Ministry Market we do this through collaboration. Seton brings great minds and proven results from the across the nation together. From the best hires and strategic plans for growth, to the proactive connections we make within our community, we reach out to move ahead. N...

05/31/2018

Talking with the news today about the dangers of hot cars. Temperatures rise quickly within minutes and are life threatening. Call 911 if you witness a child alone in a vehicle.

05/08/2018

Encouraging any local Injury Prevention Professionals to consider this offering! Well worth the time and investment.

05/02/2018

Glad to represent the DCMC injury and violence prevention program In moving the Standards and Indicators for Model Level I&II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs to the next level at the TCAA conference in New Orleans. So much opportunity identified and what an experience it has been working with this great team!

02/09/2018

The DCMC Injury Prevention Program and Safe Kids Austin are attending a health practicum fair today at Texas A&M University. There are so many talented students that can contribute to our program efforts. We look forward to sorting through the candidates.

12/04/2017

With the holiday season upon us, there are more drivers on the road. Make sure your child is riding safely by calling 512-324-TOTS to schedule a car seat check-up at no cost!

safestates.org 11/14/2017

Trauma Center IVP Standards and Indicators - Safe States Alliance

Dell Children's Injury Prevention Program is pleased to partner with Safe States Alliance to promote new model standards and indicators for hospital based injury and violence prevention programs. For more information and the report go here. http://www.safestates.org/?page=TraumaIVP

safestates.org The Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs is the first to outline the five, consensus-based core components of a model injury and violence prevention (IVP) within Level I and II trauma centers. Each core component is accompanied by a…

11/01/2017

Introducing the "Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs"

We are excited to partner with the Safe States Alliance and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), to announce the upcoming release of the Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs. This new publication will be the first to outline the core components of a model injury and violence prevention (IVP) program within Level I and II trauma centers.

This new report provides:
• Key findings from a national survey of Level I and II trauma center IVP program coordinators;
• A set of five consensus-based core components that describe a model injury and violence prevention (IVP) program within Level I and II trauma centers;
• A set of voluntary standards, and their respective indicators, to guide programs on how they can expand or strengthen their program within each of the core components; and
• Guidance on how newer, smaller programs can move along the continuum within each of these core components to meet the standards for model, mature programs.

Join Safe States and NACCHO for an introductory webinar on November 14, 2017 at 3:00 – 4:00PM EST.
The webinar will provide an overview of the report, discuss key highlights, and offer an opportunity to discuss its use and implications for the field with panelists from the trauma injury prevention community. The webinar will be recorded for future playback and reference.

Register: http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/ekstlsuntww6/event/event_info.html

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10/31/2017

Happy Halloween from the DCMC Injury Prevention Team! Have an emoji trick or treat!

10/24/2017

Day one of another Child Passenger Safety Technician course at Kyle Fire Department. Excited to develop a new class of certified technicians to help families in the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas community.

10/18/2017

American Trauma Society

The The American Trauma Society is providing an education opportunity for the Austin area related to injury prevention. This training will occur December 2 & 3, 2017 Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. See the link for the ATS Injury Prevention Coordinators Course for registration information. http://www.amtrauma.org/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=&start=12%2F17%2F2014&end=&view=&cid=11751

amtrauma.org Throughout the United States, unintentional injury continues to be a leading cause of death and disability for all age groups. Hundreds of thousands of individuals are affected by injury or injury-related deaths each year. Evidence shows that effective prevention programs and strategies work to…

10/12/2017

The Injury Prevention team at Dell Children’s Medical Center has secured $20,000 of grant funding from State Farm through a Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant to provide safe sleep and home safety items to patient families and the Central Texas community. State Farm generously provides grants to organizations focusing on safety, education, and community development. In partnership with the DCMC Injury Prevention team, State Farm has made it possible for underserved families to obtain home safety products such as stair gates, cabinet locks, door knob covers, toilet locks, and outlet plugs to help make their home environment safer for their children. In addition, the grant provides sleep safety items for families who may choose to co-sleep with their infant due to the lack of space or ability to purchase a crib. These items include portable cribs, sleep sacks, and safe sleep educational materials.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the “ABC’s” for babies under 1 year old: They should sleep Alone, on their Back, in a Crib. Babies should not co-sleep with another child or family member or have any blankets and pillows in their crib. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Child-Death-Review/Pages/Safe-Sleep.aspx

These items are available for patient families through the Injury Prevention program while supplies last.

09/25/2017

Mark your calendar for Seat Check Saturday!
A trained technician will ensure your child is riding in their car seat safely!

09/22/2017

Car seats save lives. Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to ensure your child is riding in a car seat that is safe for them.

09/20/2017

Safe Kids Worldwide

A great resource for families!

Introducing The Ultimate Car Seat Guide in Spanish. Get expert tips on how to choose and use a car seat. Created with support from Chevrolet to help protect kids on the move.

09/19/2017

Believe it or not, children 8-12 years old may still need to ride in a booster seat if the seat belt does not fit them properly. Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to find out if your child should still be riding in a booster!

09/14/2017

So proud to see such a deserving and visionary leader receive the Alex Kelter Vision Award at the Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting. Shelli Stidham-Stephens you are so deserving of this highest honor in our field and we are proud to be able to work with you in Texas.

09/14/2017

Have questions about your child's car seat, and need hands-on assistance? Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to schedule a car seat inspection at no cost!

09/12/2017

Dell children's Injury Prevention Program was proud to participate in the standards and indicators meeting for trauma center injury programs.

09/11/2017

Have questions about your child's car seat? Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to schedule a car seat inspection at no cost!

08/28/2017

We appreciate our partners from Georgetown Texas Fire Department who serve the families in their community by ensuring children are riding as safely as possible in the family vehicle. Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to receive assistance with your child's car seat!

08/17/2017

Did you know that Texas law requires children under 8 years old to ride in a car seat or booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall? Make sure your child is riding in a booster seat that is safe!

08/16/2017

Make sure your child is in a car seat that is safe and appropriate for them! Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to schedule a car seat inspection at no cost!

08/13/2017

Unsure if your child's car seat is installed correctly? Is you child riding in a car seat that is safe and fits them appropriately? Call 512-324-TOTS (8687) to schedule a car seat inspection at no cost!

08/09/2017

Make sure your child's car seat is properly installed, and is the appropriate size for them before they go back to school! Call 512-324-TOTS (8686) to schedule a car seat inspection at no cost!

07/31/2017

Even a loving, educated, responsible parent can unknowlingly leave a child behind. Look before you lock!

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