• Standard or Guideline
  • March 25, 2014

Hospital Discharge Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children

"While Child Passenger Safety (CPS) typically refers to the safety of children in car seats and booster seats, it also encompasses children who have outgrown car seats and booster seats and therefore need to be properly restrained by a seat belt. Hospitals and other health care providers have an interest in occupant protection no matter the age of the patient, so a thorough set of discharge protocols, including language about seat belt use beyond car seats and booster seats, is advantageous for everyone. Every vehicle occupant should be buckled up on every trip. Hospitals and hospital systems are encouraged to address CPS in their discharge policies and to consider these recommendations and best practices as they develop and implement their policies."

Excerpt from the "Hospital Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children," best practice recommendations developed by an expert working group convened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).