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SUIDS/SIDS 2012: An update on surveillance and prevention of sleep-related infant deaths
August 28, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
To register for this call: click here http://www.citymatch.org/ppor_net.php then click “Call Registration”, enter your e-mail address (your information should auto-fill), and submit! Within a few minutes you will receive information for joining the call. This will be a telephone-only conference call with no web access needed. Call materials will be available at the above link by COB Friday August 24th. We recommend that you don’t wait until just before the call to download.
In many communities, sleep-related infant deaths are the primary driver of excess mortality in the Infant Health period of risk (post-neonatal deaths of infants who were NOT very low birth weight, i.e. the “Green Box”). In the mid to late 1990s, the Back to Sleep campaign drastically reduced rates of “SIDS”, as supine sleep position rates improved in most populations. Deaths still occur, however, and in some local health jurisdictions rates of SIDS (R95) Accidental Suffocation (W75) and Unknown Cause (R99) remain high, even when the majority of mothers report that they put their babies to sleep on their backs. Clearly, local health departments must monitor more than just their SIDS rate. A recommended practice is to include R95, W75, and R99, in one “sudden unexplained infant death” (SUID) category. Also clear is the need to address more than supine sleep position in educational efforts. Innovative programs that go beyond educational campaigns may also be necessary.
On this call, Dr. Camperlengo will make recommendations on how communities can investigate the underlying reasons for high SUID rates (i.e. complete Phase 2 PPOR analysis in the Infant Health period of risk). She will also discuss the new SUID case registry, and how communities can utilize the information this registry is producing.
Lena Teresa Camperlengo RN, DrPH
Health Scientist, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Initiative
Preterm Birth/Infant Health Team
Maternal and Infant Health Branch, Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention