Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

New Child Passenger Safety Video

October 10, 2011
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A new video providing a comprehensive overview of the four child passenger safety stages and offering tips on how to keep children safe in and around motor vehicles is available beginning this month thanks to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) and fellow members of the New Jersey Trauma Center Council.
 
“Stay Safe in the Car” is a 17-minute video that addresses the needs of infants, toddlers, school age and older children traveling in passenger vehicles.  It also provides tips on preventing backover injuries, trunk entrapment and hypothermia/hyperthermia, along with other ways to keep children safe around motor vehicles.
 
“The injury prevention coordinators on the New Jersey Trauma Center Council saw a need in this state for an instructional tool that could be used in a variety of settings to educate families in a clear and concise way so that this important, life-saving information is accessible to everyone,” said Diana Starace, injury prevention coordinator at RWJ.  “It’s easy for a nurse in a hospital to pop in and play this DVD to educate new parents or for a pediatrician to play it in the waiting room.”
 
The video offers instruction in English and Spanish and will be distributed to all New Jersey Trauma Centers and Safe Kids coalitions.  Additional copies will be made available to mother-baby units in community hospitals, pediatricians’ offices, law enforcement and social service agencies across the state.
 
The video features narration by Robert Gaydosh, regional supervisor for the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and former radio personality.  It was produced by Chase Wilson, a Montvale-based communications production company, on behalf of the New Jersey Trauma Center Council.  The Council consists of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City; Capital Health System at Fuld, Trenton; Cooper University Hospital, Camden; Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack; Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City; Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune; Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown; St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick; and University Hospital, Newark.
 
The project was funded by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and the Rutgers University Police Department.
 
To obtain a copy of this video from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, please contact Diana Starace at (732) 418-8026 or email her at diana.starace@rwjuh.edu.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.