Stormont Vail Health was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. Stormont Vail is the only hospital in the area to receive this certification.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 217 infant deaths were reported in 2017, and the infant mortality rate rose from 5.9 per 1,000 live births to 6.0 per 1,000.
“Parents are bombarded with information and opinions about how to care for their children,” Christy Crawford, director of Stormont Vail’s Birthplace, said. “At Stormont Vail, we partner with new parents to ensure that they have the most reputable information when it comes to the safety and well-being of their babies. This certification is evidence of the hard work that our team puts in to the training and education of our own team, our parents and the community.”
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths because of accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, Stormont Vail was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.
“Sleep-related deaths result in the loss of more than 3,500 infants in the United States every year,” Alison Wilson, director of Stormont Vail’s Neonatal Intensive Care, said. “Our team is passionate about putting in the work to ensure that no infants die from something that was preventable.”
For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit http://www.cribsforkids.org/safesleephospitalcertification.