COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has been certified as a bronze Safe Sleep Hospital through its commitment to reduce infant sleep-related deaths by establishing a hospital infant safe sleep policy.
Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation, is a new national program designed to award hospitals for promoting infant safe sleep practices. The National Safe Sleep Hospital certification program recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to leadership for best practices and education on infant sleep safety and CRMC was recognized for its achievement.
Sleep-related death results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.
“There are so many tragic events we have no control over,” said Linda Clouse, R.N., interim director of the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional. “We are committed to teaching our families how to help guard against the tragedy of SIDS by observing the ABC’s of safe sleep (alone, on their back, and in a crib). Using these accepted principles of safe sleep practices for newborns, we have developed our program here at CRMC. The National Safe Sleep Hospital certification program accreditation is a result of hard work and dedication to policy development and implementation, on-going staff training and family education. It reflects our commitment to the community we serve.”
The National Safe Sleep Hospital certification program has three levels of participation – Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Certified Safe Sleep Leader, and Certified Safe Sleep Champion – and a hospital can achieve all levels by building upon its safe sleep efforts both inside and outside its facility. The Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional has achieved the first level of the three by developing a hospital policy, training staff and educating parents.
For more information on the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep, visit www.cribsforkids.org/hospitalcertification.