Two University Hospitals Locations Taking Part in Statewide Program to Lower the Rate of Infant Death

Thursday, December 10, 2015
CLEVELAND – Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital, both part of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, have partnered with the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) to address the high infant mortality rates in Ohio.
Sleep-related deaths are the number one cause of death for babies from one month to 12 months old in Ohio. Data shows when babies are placed alone in their cribs, free of blankets or crib bumpers, and put on their backs, the risk of sleep-related deaths greatly decreases.
While sleep-related deaths are not occurring at the hospital, parents who see their babies sleeping on their bellies or with blankets and other items in the nursery at the hospital are twice as likely to continue that practice at home. Through the Education and Safe Sleep Environment (EASE) Program, physicians work to model safe sleep behaviors in the hospital setting and provide education to parents.
The previous cycle of the EASE Program showed a 45% increase in the number of infants less than one year of age being placed in safe sleep environments. In addition, data showed a 27% decrease in the presences of loose blankets in patient cribs.

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