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Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of supine positioning for infant  sleep, along with the Back to Sleep Campaign in 1994 resulted in a 50% decrease in Sudden  Infant Deaths (SIDS) across the United States.  SIDS still remains the leading cause of death  in the first year of a baby’s life between one month and 12 months of age.  Within Nebraska,  infant deaths are slowly on the rise.  In 2015, 26 babies were listed as Sudden Unexplained  Infant Deaths (SUID), up from 22 SUID deaths in 2012.  Almost all of these are preventable. 
A survey of all birthing hospitals in Nebraska, revealed that hospitals are not providing  consistent safe sleep messaging in their employee and patient education.  
  • 78% of hospitals have an Infant Safe Sleep policy and procedure;
  • 63% required education or training for hospital personnel in contact with newborns;
  • Patient education materials and educational processes varies between hospitals. 
The goal of the Nebraska Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Campaign is to provide evidence-based education to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.  Educating new parents and caregivers within the hospital setting will provide a consistent, evidence-based safe sleep message to parents of more than 26,500 newborns across the State, to decrease SUID in Nebraska. ​
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 
Nebraska Hospital Association  
 Nebraska Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics 
Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative
The Nebraska Safe Babies - Safe Sleep Campaign consists of:
  • Hospitals take the NE Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Pledge
  • Hospitals develop or update a safe sleep policy
  • Baseline safe sleep education to hospital personnel, with hospital education plan, and provide consistent patient /client education
  • Safe sleep Tool Box available on DHHS Maternal Infant website
  • Once pledge and hospital personnel education completed and implemented, the hospital will become a Safe Sleep Champion Hospital.
An increase in awareness of safe sleep will result in: more babies sleeping safely, a decrease in the number of SUID deaths, a decrease in the infant mortality rate in Nebraska, and more babies celebrating their first birthday. 
Becoming a Hospital Champion:

How to become hospital champion: The NE DHHS and the Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics, and Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (N-PQIC) invite you to join the Nebraska Safe Babies  Initiative: Safe Sleep Campaign. Nebraska has 54 Birthing Hospitals that routinely deliver  babies, touching the lives of over 26,500 new babies, parents, and caregivers.  Every day, health  providers can educate and model the safe sleep message to protect our babies from SUID. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture:
1. Take the NE Safe Babies:  Safe Sleep Campaign Pledge
2. Develop or Update Current Safe Sleep Policy
3. Hospital Personnel Education and Education Plan
4. Provide Patient/Client Education
5. Complete Internal Audits
 Hospital Champions:
  1. Mary Lanning Health Care, Hastings, NE (1st Champion)
  2. York General Hospital, York, NE
  3. Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward, Nebraska
  4. Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, Nebraska
  5. Community Hospital, McCook, Nebraska
  6. Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  7. Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services, Chadron, NE
  8. CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln, Nebraska
  9. CHI Health St. Mary's, Nebraska City, Nebraska
  10. CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, Nebraska
  11. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Omaha, NE
  12. CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  13. CHI Health Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, Nebrask
  14. CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, Nebraska
  15. CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  16. St Francis Memorial Hospital, West Point, NE
  17. Butler County Health Care Center, David City, NE
  18. Fremont Health Medical Center, Fremont, NE 
  19. Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center, Osceola, NE
  20. Pender Community Hospital, Pender, NE
  21. Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk, NE
Hospitals that Have Pledged to become Hospital Champions:
  1. Memorial Community Health, Aurora, NE 
  2. Jefferson Community Health and Life, Fairbury, NE
  3. Memorial Community Hospital & Health Systems, Blair, NE
  4. Methodist Women's Hospital, Omaha, NE
  5. Howard Co. Medical Center, St Paul, NE
  6. Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE
  7. Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, NE
  8. Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  9. Cherry County Hospital, Valentine, NE
  10. Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE
  11. Cozad Community Hospital, Cozad, NE
  12. Community Medical Center, Falls City, NE
  13. Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney, NE
  14. Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, NE
  15. Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney, NE
  16. Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance, NE


Champion hospital sharingWhat is your hospital doing to promote safe sleep? 

Send a few sentences describing what your hospital is doing to promote safe sleep to  Please include your contact information including name, email and hospital name.  If items meet the recommendations of the AAP on Safe sleep, we will post your ideas on the website.
Possible ideas include:
  • Create and distribute bassinet cards, door hangers, posters, bibs, or t-shirts with safe sleep information on them;
  • Create or use existing pictorial, fact sheet cardboard cards use for newborn discharge education; 
  • Educate families on safe sleep during post-partum room orientation;
  • October is SIDS awareness month.
Contact Us: Please direct question and/or comments to Jackie Moline, BSN, RN
Phone: 402-471-0165, Cell: 402-326-6415, or

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