Prematurity and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths in the United States
Prematurity continues to be an important risk factor for sudden unexpected infant deaths, with shorter gestational ages associated with higher risk. The study found that despite the 2011 AAP recommendations for increased safe sleep education in NICUs, the rates of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths remained inversely associated with gestational age in the two year period following the release of the 2011 guidelines. That is, the the shorter the gestational age, the higher the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, even after controlling for other contributing factors. For infants born between 24 and 27 weeks gestational age, the risk of a sudden unexpected infant death is over three times greater than for term infants.The study suggests that the risk of a sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) associated with preterm birth has multiple etiologies that require continued investigation. These include, "biological vulnerabilities and also the efficacy of current NICU safe sleep education programs and that strategies to reduce SUID should be multifaceted." An additional finding of this study is that maternal smoking during pregnancy continues to be associated with an elevated risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.
The SIDS Center of New Jersey is pleased to report that Governor Christie has just renewed the annual proclamation declaring October to be SIDS Awareness Month. We encourage birthing hospitals and other institutions and community programs that work with families to undertake an activity that will highlight the safe infant sleep recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. These evidence-based practices are associated with significant reductions in the rate of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. You are welcome to use our English and Spanish safe infant sleep flyers. Please call th hotline to request electronic copies.
The SCNJ article, The Role of the EMS Provider in Promoting Safe Infant Sleep to Reduce Infant Mortality, has been selected by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services as the Article of the Month (October) for the EMS for Children Program.
Click Here to view an on-line EMS Training Video developed through the Florida DCV.
The SCNJ presented on safe sleep to first responders at the November 2017 conference.
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