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 Hospital Campaign consists of five steps:
  • 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 Department of Health and Human Services 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
News Release - September 6, 2017
News Release - December 7, 2017
  Hospital Champions
  1. Mary Lanning Health Care, Hastings, NE (1st Champion)
  2. York General Hospital, York, NE
  3. Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward, NE
  4. Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, NE
  5. Community Hospital, McCook, NE
  6. Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  7. Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services, Chadron, NE
  8. CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln, NE
  9. CHI Health St. Mary's, Nebraska City, NE
  10. CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, NE
  11. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Omaha, NE
  12. CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  13. CHI Health Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, NE
  14. CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, NE
  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
  22. Community Medical Center, Falls City, NE
  23. Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney, NE
  24. Methodist Women's Hospital, Omaha, NE
  25. Boone County Health Center, Albion, NE
  26. Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE
  27. Nebraska Medicine Bellevue, Bellevue, NE
  28. CHI Health Schuyler, Schuyler, NE
  29. Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney, NE
  30. Antelope Memorial Hospital, Neligh, NE
  31. Memorial Community Health, Aurora, NE 
  32. Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, IA
  33. Beatrice Community Hospital, Beatrice, NE
  34. Howard Co. Medical Center, St Paul, NE
  35. Providence Medical Center, Wayne, NE 
  36. Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, NE
  37. Memorial Community Hospital & Health Systems, Blair, NE
  38. Cozad Community Hospital, Cozad, NE
  39. Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  40. Crete Area Medical Center, Crete, NE
  41. Henderson Health Care, Henderson, NE
Hospitals that Have Pledged to become Hospital Champions:
  1. Jefferson Community Health and Life, Fairbury, NE
  2. Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE
  3. Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln, NE
  4. Cherry County Hospital, Valentine, NE
  5. Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance, NE
  6. Lexington Regional Health Center, Lexington, NE
  7. Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial, NE
  8. Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus, NE
  9. Gothenburg Health, Gothenburg, NE
  10. Ogallala Community Hospital, Ogallala, NE
  11. Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege, NE
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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