Roberts Center for Pediatric Research 2716 South Street, 13th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19146
Epidemiologic Investigation of Child Restraint Installation Position and Serious Injury among Children in Motor Vehicle Crashes
Principal Investigator: Rachel Myers, PhDThe goal of this study is to create a unique source of epidemiologic crash data that enables novel description of use and installation patterns of child restraints among crash-involved children and— following linkage with hospital discharge and death certificate data—novel description of child occupant injury outcomes based on restraint use and installation (rear- vs. forward-facing).
- Cervical Range of Motion in Young Children
Principal Investigator: Kristy Arbogast, PhD
This study obtained active range of motion measurements on normal, healthy 3 to 10-year-old children. This not previously available data was used to inform enhancements to child dummy design.
- Lower Extremity Injuries in Children Seated in Forward Facing Child Restraint Systems
Principal Investigator: Jessica Jermakian, DSc
This study described the spectrum of lower extremity injuries to children in forward-facing child restraints seen at a level one pediatric trauma center. This study involved both prospective and retrospective full-scale crash investigations.
- Effect of High Back Booster Seat Seating Angle and Seat Belt Positioning on Injury Metrics of a 6-year-old ATD
- Previous research at TraumaLink revealed differential performance among various high back booster seat designs during sled tests. This study conducted a parametric analysis thru mathematical modeling to explore design differences on injury metrics.
- Misuse Study of LATCH Attachments: A Series of Sled Tests
- A case of severe cervical spine injury in a toddler was previously identified and investigated by the engineering team at TraumaLink. This child was restrained in a new child restraint with LATCH attachment, and loose attachment was one proposed injury mechanism. This study conducted a series of sled tests to examine the effects of loose attachment on injury risk.
- Identifying Motor Vehicle Crash Characteristics for Anatomic-specific Fatal Injuries in Child Occupants
Principal Investigator: Michael L. Nance, MD
This study correlated anatomic fatal injuries of children with causative motor vehicle crash dynamics. It involved creating a new injury resource, a linked dataset including the Fatal Analysis Reporting System and the Multiple Cause of Death database.
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