Research Papers

A Usability Analysis of the Car Seat Challenge Protocol for Premature Infants

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Category 2012 CMRSC XXII Banff
Tags Session 4C
Author/Auteur Brenda Vrkljan, Heather Boyd, Catherine Moher, Anne Snowdon, William Altenhoff

Abstract

Rear-facing infant car seats are manufactured for a weight range of 5lbs to 45 lbs. At time of discharge, many premature infants are either just above or below the recommended lower limit of 5.5 lbs. While some preterm infants reach this limit at time of discharge, they are often more susceptible to cardiorespiratory problems when positioned in a car seat. The Car Seat Challenge is a pre-discharge protocol for premature and/or low birth weight infants that aims to ensure their safety in this position. There are recommended procedures in the literature for conducting this protocol. The purpose of this study was to conduct an in-depth, usability analysis of what is actually being done during the car seat challenge to compare to recommendations in the literature. The intent was to identify potential ways to enhance current practices for safe and appropriate car seat positioning of these high-risk infants.

Brenda Vrkljan, Heather Boyd, Catherine Moher, Anne Snowdon, William Altenhoff