Airbag and Seat Belt Safety Knowledge in Health Professionals and Laypeople

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Objectives: To assess knowledge of health care professionals and laypersons about airbag and seat belt safety. Methods: Eight hundred thirty-seven health care professionals and laypersons were surveyed regarding their knowledge of automobile restraint systems. Results: Health care professionals' responses were similar to those of laypersons. Paramedics who have the most road-side experience scored highest on the survey of 12 questions. Conclusion: Many respondents incorrectly thought the front-seat was safer than the back seat and many overestimated the front-seat protection from airbags. Future education efforts should specifically target health care professionals because they have a unique opportunity to educate the public.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Emergency Medicine, North Trauma Institute, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN. 2: Quality Resources, North Trauma Institute, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN. 3: North Trauma Institute, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN.

Publication date: November 1, 1999

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