Can We Prevent Infant Sleep-Related Deaths?
What You Need to Know

Originally presented on November 19, 2015

Michael H. Goodstein, MD, FAAP
Attending Neonatologist, York Hospital & Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State University and Medical Director of Research, Cribs for Kids ®

Education about infant safe sleep practices is important for families, caregivers, health care practitioners and public health professionals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 3,500 US babies (under 1 year of age) die suddenly and unexpectedly each year.  The impact on families is devastating.

This program will review the current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations on infant safe sleep, and discuss the barriers to safe sleep behaviors and the physiological perspective of safe sleep. Infant safe sleep practices will be presented by nationally-recognized neonatologist, Dr. Michael Goodstein and statistics on sudden unexplained infant deaths in New York State and the nation will be presented.

In addition, the program will address how providers can initiate safe sleep conversations with caregivers, why hospitals should involve all departments/units that care for infants in safe sleep efforts, and the important role of effective community-based education in reinforcing infant safe sleep messages. The Cribs for Kids education and hospital certification programs and the HALO safe sleep sack program, will be featured.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Explain the public health impact of sleep-related infant deaths in NYS and the nation
  • Name the three A-B-C's of infant safe sleep
  • Identify at least two elements of a safe sleep environment

Continuing Education Credits/Contact Hours for this activity expired on November 30, 2018.