Local Medical Facilities Receive Specialty Car Seats for Children

DUBOIS – Medical care providers in Clearfield County got their first look today at specialty car seats they received as part of a $91,666 statewide PennDOT investment that will aid in transporting children with special medical needs safely.  

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Traffic Injury Prevention Project (PA AAA TIP) offered training on the seats’ usage at the DuBois Regional Medical Center and Clearfield Hospital. The PA AAA TIPP training course was developed in partnership with PennDOT to train those receiving the Hope Car Beds and Hippo Car Seats on their proper usage.

Statewide, 111 seats will be distributed through the contract. Seats will be delivered to 49 hospitals and 16 pediatric practices statewide. Each pediatric practice will receive one car bed and each hospital will receive one car bed and one Hippo seat to be loaned to families and caregivers. The facilities receiving seats will determine which families will receive the seats. 

Below is a list of hospitals and pediatric practices in PennDOT Engineering District 2-0 receiving specialized seats:

Centre County: Centre Medical Surgical Associates 

Clearfield County:
• Clearfield Hospital
• DuBois Regional Medical Group – DuBois
• DuBois Regional Medical Center 

The Hope Car Bed is a crash-tested restraint designed for children who, for medical reasons, cannot sit in a semi-reclined position. The bed features the option of being used with either a harness or attached sleeping bag, accommodating children with conditions such as hydrocephalus, scoliosis or spina bifida. The bed can also be used by conjoined twins. 

The Hippo Car Seat is for use with children who have a hip abduction spica cast (legs spread apart), which only allows for a slight bend at the child’s hips. The seat is crash-tested for use by children who are in the rear-facing position at 5 to 33 pounds or forward-facing from 20 to 65 pounds.

The units were purchased with state funds collected through the Child Passenger Restraint Fund, supported by fines from violations of Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety laws. The fund is used semi-annually to provide standard child restraint seats to more than 100 loaner programs across Pennsylvania. These programs are coordinated through various PennDOT partners. To learn more about the standard car seat loaner program, call 1-800-CAR-BELT or visit PA AAP TIPP online at www.pakidstravelsafe.org.

More information on Child Passenger Safety can be found at www.DriveSafePA.org.  Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.

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