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A New Paradigm for Delivery of Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Education and Resources: The Mobile CPS Lab
*Randy S. Chhabra1, Gloria DelCastillo2, Corazon A. Eaton3, Emma Costello2, *Suzanne Moody2, *Meera Kotagal2, *Richard A. Falcone2, *Rebeccah L. Brown2
1Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin, TX; 2Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; 3Centene, Cincinnati, OH

BackgroundTraditional CPS education models rely on 1-on-1 education in personal vehicles with multiple limitations to scalability - cramped conditions, obscured views, lack of on-site educational resources, weather-restrictions, and limited access for families. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the impact of an innovative mobile CPS lab.
MethodsTo address these limitations, we created a mobile CPS classroom allowing CPS technicians to: 1) meet families where they are; 2) provide individualized educational experiences including multiple “hands-on” Dial-a-Belt training stations, iPads/big-screen group videos; 3) facilitate learning in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment. Following safety lab, parents installed car seats independently and technicians checked installations.
ResultsOver a 4-month period, the mobile CPS lab was deployed to 26 communities/54 events, educating >3x more people (1007 vs. 303) than traditional CPS models during the same 4-month period, distributing nearly 4x more car seats (408 vs. 114), and checking 725 additional car seats. Pre-/post-survey results for mobile vs. prior traditional CPS events were comparable (Table 1). Post-mobile CPS lab, knowledge increased to >90% for all categories, and >90% of families reported comfort installing car seats independently.
ConclusionA new paradigm for CPS education delivery - the mobile CPS lab - provides improved access with markedly increased capacity and reach, allowing educators to impact more families in need, employing “hands-on” technology with improved comfort for technicians/families.
Table 1: Pre- and post-CPS event survey results

Traditional CPS Event 1/1/18-11/19/19
Pre-Event
Traditional CPS Event 1/1/18-11/19/19
Post-Event
CPS Mobile Safety Lab Event 11/20/19-3/15/20
Pre-Event
CPS Mobile Safety Lab Event 11/20/19-3/15/20
Post-Event
Comfort with Independent Installation576/2400 (24%)179/205 (87%)92/405 (23%)48/53 (91%)
Correct Harness Tightness1075/2228 (48%)173/204 (85%)221/392 (56%)49/53 (92%)
Correct Chest Clip Position1712/2389 (72%)198/204 (97%)329/415 (79%)51/53 (96%)
Acceptable Movement of Car Seat1667/2395 (70%)189/203 (93%)322/407 (79%)50/53 (94%)

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