HEADLINE: ED INFO
ANCHOR LEAD: PARENTS GIVEN HEALTHCARE INFORMATION WHILE AT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR CHILD RESPOND, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Providing parents with individually tailored health information while they’re on a visit to the emergency department with their child brings results. That’s the conclusion of a study done by Andrea Gielen and colleagues in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Gielen describes use of a computer located in the emergency department to disseminate information.
GIELEN: Parents go to the computer kiosk and they answer several questions about their home and their children and their injury prevention practices. Do they use car seats, do they have working smoke alarms, how do they store poisonous products in their home? And based on their answers the computer prints out for them a particular report that tells them you’re doing a great job with the car seat but you need to check your smoke alarm batteries and it’s really tailored to that particular family. :29
Parents read the reports and made changes based on them. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.