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PA Safe Sleep Program

State/Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Setting: Clinical
Population: Families & Caregivers Medical & Public Health Professionals Infant
Topic Area: Injury Prevention & Hospitalization Healthcare Financing & Insurance
NPMs: NPM 5: Safe Sleep

The PA Safe Sleep program was developed to address the need to reduce the number of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs). Our comprehensive, evidence based, quality improvement program focus is to increase health care providers' and childbearing families' awareness of infant safe sleep practices during the first year of life with consistent branding and repetitive messages across the entire program. The key populations are maternal child health care providers, infants, and childbearing families. All program materials are available for free for use from This program intends to accomplish a reduction in the number of unexpected infant deaths by (a) promoting infant safe sleep, and (b) educating health care providers, parents and community members on SUID, that includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and non-homicidal strangulation and suffocation risk-reduction activities. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) served as key facilitators in direct patient care to expeditiously transform and sustain outcomes-driven improvements in infant safe nursing practice.

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Bonnie Renner Ohnishi

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