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As a hospital, we are most concerned about the health of our community. Many of our programs are actually designed to keep people out of the hospital. One way to accomplish this is by teaching and encouraging safety: safety at home, safety at work and safety on the road. While we can’t be everywhere, we’ll be there for you if you need us.

Car Seat Safety

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury for children, ages 3-14. Many of these deaths could be prevented through the proper use of child safety seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), proper use of a child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. However, as many parents know, installing car seats can be confusing. It's often difficult to tell if they are secured properly. According to a study conducted by NHTSA, seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained, which places them at risk in the event of a crash.

Infants cannot use a forward-facing seat until they are at least 20 pounds AND one year of age. Keep in mind that infants are much safer to remain rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight limit for that carseat. Once a child is in a forward-facing seat, the harnesses should be very snug against the child, and the chest clip should be at the armpit level. A child is ready for a booster seat at 40 pounds. You must use a high-back booster if their seating position in the vehicle doesn’t have an adjustable headrest. Booster seats MUST always be used with a seatbelt that goes over the lap and the shoulder; not just a lap belt. And the shoulder belt should always be in front of the child, and be positioned AT their shoulder, not on the upper arm or on their neck. Indiana law states that all children must be properly restrained in a carseat (including booster seats) until their 8th birthday.

For more information, our experts recommend www.preventinjury.org.

Poison Prevention

Young children, especially those under age six, are always exploring because of their developing mobility and natural curiosity. Their curiosity, however, can lead to unintentional poisoning, even around their own home.

In fact, 56 percent of the 82,675 calls to the Indiana Poison Center in 2006 involved children age five and under. Most of those calls involved unintentional poisonings and most were preventable.

When do you need to call the poison center?

Call (800) 222-1222 right away if someone may have been poisoned or if you have questions about poisons and poison prevention. If the person who is poisoned can't wake up, is having trouble breathing or is having seizures, CALL 9-1-1.

What happens when you call the poison center?

Your call will be answered by one of the specialists at the poison center. These experts are trained nurses and pharmacists who specialize in poisoning emergency treatment and poison prevention. The poison specialist will help you to decide if you need to go to a hospital. Most poisonings are not life threatening and can be handled at home with the help of a specialist, saving you time and money.