Article Review for Community Project: Booster Seat or Seat Belt?

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Article Review for Community Project: Booster Seat or Seat Belt?

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Running Head: ARTICLE REVIEW FOR COMMUNITY PROJECT: BOOSTER SEAT OR SEAT BELT?

Article Review for Community Project: Booster Seat or Seat Belt?

Dreama Brannock

Berea College

NUR 342

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Article Review for Community Project: Booster Seat or Seat Belt?

This article talks about the recommendations for preschool and early school-age children as far as seat belts are concerned. The article goes on to point out that the recommendation for nine year olds is that they be seated in the rear of the vehicle. Oftentimes, if children are sitting in the front seat, they aren’t seated properly or are easily distracted and end up turning around, decreasing the effectiveness of the seat belt. Furthermore, the air bag poses a real threat to children this age if they are seated in the front seat. “In 2002, 79,531 motor vehicle-related injuries were reported in preschool/early school-age children, and unintentional motor vehicle injuries were the sixth leading cause of nonfatal injuries treated in emergency departments” (Angulo-Vazquez and De Santis, 2005). Furthermore, the recommendation is that preschool/early school-age children ride in a booster seat until they are at least four feet nine inches tall. This places the seat belt more at the shoulder level than at the neck level, decreasing the risk for injury to the neck of the child. There was a phone interview conducted in which parents were asked about the accidents that their children were involved in. They found out that 98% of the children were restrained; however, 40% were inappropriately placed in seat belts. The article also stresses that children under the age of 12 need to be placed in the rear of the vehicle.

Lastly, the article talks about the issue of anticipatory guidance and how nurses play a big role in the education provided to adults about booster seats for children. It says that RNs should assess the parent’s need for education about...

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