BEATRICE – Beatrice Community Hospital is being lauded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for helping to reduce infant deaths, in the state.
BCH has earned “Safe Sleep Champion” recognition, for an effort to create a safe sleep policy that provides annual education for hospital personnel and helps parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials.
In 1992, the American Academy of pediatrics determined that allowing infants to sleep on their stomachs, was a major risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS remains the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age…and infant deaths have slowly risen in Nebraska. The campaign called “Back to Sleep” launched in 1994 about infants being placed on their backs to sleep has helped cut infant deaths by fifty percent.
BCH Registered Nurse Angela Blecha led the hospital’s effort to earn the Safe Sleep Champion designation. She says the goal is to make sure all parents know about the safe sleep recommendations. Over two hundred babies are born annually at Beatrice Community Hospital.
There are 34 Safe Sleep Champions in Nebraska. Thirteen hospitals are pledging to undertake the effort, working through the process of becoming a safe sleep hospital.