Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a silver level leader for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of only two hospitals in Texas certified as a safe sleep hospital for newborns.
According to the most recent data released by the March of Dimes, Tarrant County’s incidence of infant sleep-related death (SRD) is 35% higher than the Texas average. In 2013, about 1 in every 2000 babies born in Tarrant County died of SRD.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, Texas Health Huguley was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and providing training programs for parents and staff.
Texas Health Huguley Women's Services Director Kathleen Harlow, RN, explained, “We have trained the Women’s Center staff on the importance of safe sleep for newborns, and we model and educate our new parents on safe sleep practices. For example, our newborns use wearable blankets so there is no loose bedding in the crib.”
“Sleep-Related Death results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids In Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.
According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The program kicked off in June of 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Sixteen states and Quebec, Canada are represented among the 38 certified hospitals. This will have a profound effect on the number of babies’ lives that will be saved.”