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Junglemobile: A Mobile Injury-Prevention Program for Young Children

Emery, Kathryn D. MD; Hawkes, Allison P. MD, MS; Cassabaum, Vicky RN; Rapstine, Theresa BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e3181d91605
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Objective To evaluate the child passenger safety curriculum of the Junglemobile, a traveling injury prevention program for young children.

Design Cross-sectional evaluation with self-controls, convenience sample.

Setting School and community events in rural Colorado, Wyoming, and western Nebraska where the Junglemobile participated for the years 2000–2003.

Participants Children 11 years of age or younger attending a Junglemobile event.

Intervention Children were tested on the Junglemobile child passenger safety curriculum. Children 3 to 6 years of age (Group 1) completed a pretest and a posttest. Children 7 to 11 years of age (Group 2) completed a pretest, an immediate posttest, and a 30-day posttest.

Results Two hundred thirty-seven children in Group 1 completed the pretest, 76% completed both tests. In Group 2, 420 children took the pretest, 55% took all the 3 tests. Group 1 showed significant improvement in the ability to demonstrate the appropriate place to ride in a car, t (179) = −4.06, P < .001. In Group 2, 61% reported always being restrained on the pretest and 73.2% on the 30-day posttest, t(230) = −3.85, P < .001; 85.7% reported being restrained the last time they rode in a car or truck on the pretest; and 93.5% on the 30-day posttest t(228) = −3.38, P < .001. Reported booster seat use increased on 30-day posttest and was greater when parents received an educational brochure (increased approximately 5% without brochure vs 25% with brochure).

Conclusions Children can be taught about child passenger safety through the Junglemobile, a simple educational strategy. Parental education significantly modifies booster seat use.

Kathryn D. Emery, MD, is Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center and Medical Director of Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, Allison P. Hawkes, MD, MS, was Director of Trauma Research, St Anthony Central Hospital when this research was performed. She is currently employed by the Tri-County Health Department, Greenwood Village, Vicky Cassabaum, RN, is Injury Prevention Coordinator for St. Anthony Central Hospital, and Theresa Rapstine, BSN, RN, is Director of Injury Prevention, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colorado.

Corresponding Author: Kathryn D. Emery, MD, The Children's Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, 13123 East 16th Ave, Box B 251, Aurora, CO 80045 (Emery.Kathryn@tchden.org).

Portions of this article were presented at the 2003 National Injury Prevention and Control Conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 28–29, 2003; and at the 7th World Congress on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, June 9–11, 2004.

Copyright © 2010 by the Society of Trauma Nurses.