Pediatrician - New Port Richey
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard Suite 235
New Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 375-5437

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By Chris Pope, ARNP
April 01, 2020
Category: Coronavirus safety
Tags: Safety   Covid 19   Coronavirus  

We pray that you are all doing well through this difficult time. Pinellas County has issued a Safer at Home order meaning everyone should stay home with exception of essential activities (medical care, getting food, going to jobs deemed essential). We ask that everyone heed these recommendations to help slow the spread of this virus.

We will remain open to care for your children’s health needs, but we have implemented some changes to help protect the health of our patient families and staff. We are currently only seeing healthy children during the morning hours for visits such as healthy check-ups, immunizations and follow up visits for noninfectious conditions. In the afternoons, currently 3 PM and later we will see our ill patients. Prior to your appointment, you will be asked screening questions to determine if a medical visit is in the child’s best interest. To reduce the risk of COVID19 exposure we ask that only one caregiver accompany the child to their visit, and when possible, do not bring in siblings or other children who are not being examined. We will not have our sick patients in the waiting room. At the time of your appointment you will be given direction as to when to come up to the office at which time you will be escorted through our back entrance directly into an exam room. In some instances we may even be able to utilize telemedicine, however this is very new for us and there are only a few conditions which will qualify. This is a very fluid situation and things will likely continue to change quickly. Please know that the health and safety of your child is our top priority, and we are trying our best to provide care for your child in the most effective and safe way that we can. Stay safe, please practice social distancing and keep washing those hands!

By Kasondra, CPST
November 10, 2015
Tags: cpst   car seat   Safety  

Hi everyone! 

I recently attended a Child Passenger Safety Technician course all about car seats and installation. This means I have a certification from Safekids Worldwide and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help caregivers install car and booster seats.

This is super important because car accidents remain a leading cause of death in children under 12-years-old. Properly restraining children in their safety seats is the best way to prevent serious injuries in the event of a car accident, and unfortunately, Florida was at a 
93% misuse rate in 2014. This means that 93% of car seats inspected were installed incorrectly.

In this blog, I wanted to share some of the things I learn:

·        Rear-facing is encouraged as long as possible, and AT LEAST until 2-years of age as rear-facing children at five times safer than forward-facing children.

·        Car seats do expire.

·        Chest clips should always be at the chest – this is important because a chest clip that is too high can interfere with the child’s airway, but a chest clip too low could cause internal injuries in an accident.

·        Most cars do not have lower anchors in the middle passenger seat and are installed using the LATCH system anyway. It is one of the most common installation errors.

·        Another common installation error is using both lower anchors and a seatbelt.​

·        The most important thing to know is that the right car seat is one that fits in your car, fits the child, and you can install correctly every time. Cost does not matter. All car seats are supposed to meet the same safety standards, but have different sizes and features.

I also wanted to share this helpful link for anyone who might have questions about what car seat is best for their child. The Child Safety Ease of Use Ratings are very helpful in selecting a car seat. 

Above all, I wanted to share that on November 17th we are hosting a Car Seat Inspection Event and really encourage anyone who has passenger questions to make an appointment! Please call us at (727) 375-5437 to schedule your inspection. 

Look forward to helping with you car seat needs, 
Kasondra, CPST
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