The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Cozad Community Hospital as a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion. 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.
The Safe Sleep Campaign starts within the hospital setting, encouraging all Nebraska birthing hospitals to become a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion. To be considered a Safe Sleep Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates a Safe Sleep Policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, models safe sleep recommendations, and educates parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials.
Department of Health and Human Services worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative to launch the Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign.
There were 45 sudden unexpected infant deaths in Nebraska during 2012 and 2013. The deaths occurred in 16 different counties, covering both urban and rural areas. At least 35 occurred in an unsafe sleep environment.
The ABCs of Safe Sleep:
A – Your baby should always sleep alone.
B – Your baby should always sleep on his or her back.
C – Your baby should always sleep in a safe crib.
Congratulations to Cozad Community Hospital on achieving Safe Sleep Champion Designation.