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Helping Babies Sleep Safely

Cherry County Hospital achieves Safe Sleep Champion status as part of DHHS initiative

Lincoln – There were 26 sudden unexpected infant deaths in Nebraska during 2015. This was an increase from 22 deaths in 2012. The deaths occurred in different counties, covering both urban and rural areas. Nationwide there were over 3,600 unexplained deaths in babies under one year old. Most of these occurred in an unsafe sleep environment.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative to launch the Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

“Providing consistent training and education on safe sleep for all hospital personnel caring for children under a year old ensures the same safe sleep message is shared with the parents of more than 26,000 babies born in Nebraska every year,” Jackie Moline, RN, BSN, CLC Maternal Infant Health Program Coordinator, Nebraska DHHS. “An increase in safe sleep awareness will result in more babies sleeping in safe environments and reaching their first birthday.”


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