Tom Sargent Safety Center

Child trying on a bike helmet, with Dr. Hoffman making adjustments to the straps
Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, the Tom Sargent Safety Center medical director, fits a bicycle helmet on Alex Chen. (OHSU/Boone Speed Photography)

Programs and services

In these challenging times, The Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital remains dedicated to keeping your child safe.

Virtual Car Seat Education Sessions

A certified child passenger safety technician will meet virtually with you to provide education, technical assistance, and guidance on the installation and use of your child’s car safety seat. While this service does not replace a traditional one-on-one car seat check, it can be a great resource for you until it is safe to begin in-person car seat checks again.

If you are in need of a low-cost car seat, please contact us to see if you are eligible for the ODOT car seat distribution program.

Remote Home Safety Consultations

One of our Injury Prevention Educators connects remotely with you to provide individualized, age specific, home safety education. We are able to share applicable resources, troubleshoot areas of concern, and make suggestions for safety-related products to provide a safer environment for your family.

Virtual Infant Safety Consultations

If you have a little one on the way or a newborn, this is a great resource for learning about best practices in regards to infant safety. Topics include safe sleep, basic childproofing, traveling with baby, and more.

Phone Sales (Curbside Product Pickup)

Families that live locally (Portland Metro Area), are now able to place phone orders for safety products available at the Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Resource Center (view available products) and schedule curbside product pickup. Order pickup will be at the main entrance of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital or in Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Medical Center. Our team is following safety protocols that adhere to all required social distancing and sanitizing guidelines (pickup timelines and further details provided at the time of order).

Car Seat Program

What it is: Certified child passenger safety technicians will make sure your child is in the right type of seat. We’ll also provide education to make sure the seat is installed and used correctly. We are currently scheduling Virtual Car Seat Consultations to support you in ensuring your child is traveling safely on every trip. There is no cost to you.

Where: You can make an appointment at OHSU Doernbecher or Hillsboro Medical Center.

Kohl’s Sleeping Safe Program

The OHSU Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center and the Kohl’s Cares Program are partners in the Sleeping Safe Campaign to provide educational materials available in nine languages.

What it is: Eligible families will get education and a Cribs for Kids Cribette, Halo Sleep Sack and crib sheet.

Learn more: Visit our Kohl’s Sleeping Safe Program page or call us with questions.

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Safety tips

From childproofing your home to getting your child ready for sports, we offer resources and education that will help you prevent injuries.

Find what you need: Our Safety Resources page provides brochures and links to safety products.

Educate yourself: Learn how to keep your children safe in almost any situation. Our Safety Tips have advice on these topics:

For health care professionals

A key part of our mission is working with health care professionals to reduce childhood injuries. Among the ways we can serve you, your staff and your patients:

  • Customized safety presentations at your office
  • Professional training opportunities
  • Injury-prevention brochures you can share with patients
  • Formal or informal referrals

Learn more: Visit our For Health Care Professionals page.

Contact us

503-418-5666
safety@ohsu.edu

Hours and location

The Tom Sargent Safety Resource Center is currently closed in the lobby of Doernbecher.

However, you may contact an Injury Prevention Educator weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 503-418-5666 to access any of our virtual services or to purchase injury prevention items and schedule a curbside pick-up.

Events

All in-person events are on hold until further notice. Virtual car seat education is available now.

Please call 503-494-3735 or email safety@ohsu.edu to book an appointment.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital

700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, Oregon 97239

Resources

Visit our Safety Resources page to find brochures you can download and links to safety products in our nonprofit store.

Presentation requests

Fill out a form to request a custom presentation:

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