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Virtual car seat checks during a pandemic
  1. Sadiqa Kendi1,2,3,
  2. Michael F Taylor1,
  3. James Chamberlain1,3
  1. 1 Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2 Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
  3. 3 Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sadiqa Kendi, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA; sadiqa.kendi{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of death and morbidity in children and young adults in the USA, and suboptimal child restraint use is an important risk factor for severe childhood injury and death. The restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have presented unique challenges to the public health community, including how to use certified child passenger safety technicians through car seat checks. This case series assessed the feasibility of performing remote car seat checks and parental satisfaction with them. It provides preliminary evidence that remote car seat checks are feasible in a real-world environment and acceptable to caregivers during times in which in-person car seat checks are not safe or accessible.

  • Motor vehicle � occupant
  • child survival
  • public health

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  • Contributors SK conceptualised and designed the study, acquired funding, contributed to methodology and investigation, supervised and oversaw data collection, collected data, performed formal analysis, drafted the initial manuscript, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. MFT contributed to the design of the study, collected data, drafted the initial manuscript, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. JC conceptualised and designed the study, acquired funding, contributed to methodology and investigation, supervised and oversaw data collection, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding This publication was supported by Award Numbers UL1TR001876 and KL2TR001877 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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