Safe Sleep Initiative
Danita Mowl, RNC, BSN                                                 
Clinical Leader New Life Birthing Center and Pediatrics - Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center
Kelly Sexton

The project was to implement a safe sleep program that would include: 1) Use of Halo sleep sacks as appropriate on infants in hospital to prevent SIDS, 2) Model correct behavior for safe sleep to parents, 3) Educate parents on SIDS prevention including sleep sack use, providing written education as well as hands on practice and return demonstration, 4) Provide customized sleep sack at discharge which further promotes safe sleep as well as providing a memento of their delivery here at Bristol Regional Medical Center New Life Birthing Center. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death in the post-natal period, more than all the other causes combined. SIDS prevention education includes: back to sleep and use of sleep sack/wearable blanket. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines warn against the use of loose blankets in a crib as they cover a baby's face and interfere with breathing. The AAP suggests the use of a wearable blanket as a better, safer way to keep babies warm and comfortable.


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