Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program Published in Pediatrics

Released: 4/21/2005

STUDY SHOWS PROGRAM HELPED ACHIEVE A 47% DECREASE IN THE INCIDENCE OF ABUSIVE HEAD INJURIES IN WNY


Dr. Mark Dias, former WCHOB Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery who founded the program, Joan Ohl, United States Commissioner - Administration on Children,Youth, and Families, and program coordinators Kim Smith, RN, and Kathy deGuehry, RN.

Buffalo, NY - Results from the Upstate New York Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program, established at Women & Children’s Hospital in December 1998, have been published in April by Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Results achieved by this education program include a 47% decrease in the incidence of abusive head injuries in the eight counties of Western New York during the past six year control period.

Established by Mark Dias, M.D., then Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program’s purpose is educating both parents of all infants born in the eight county region of Western New York about the dangers of violent infant shaking.

Co-authors and current program coordinators Kim Smith, RN, and Kathy deGuehry, RN, recently accepted the 2005 Commissioner’s Award from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families for New York State during the 15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Boston. MA. They are also participating in the conference as panel members discussing Shaken Baby Syndrome: Recognition, Management and Prevention.

This program was also credited as the stimulus for a NYS law signed by Gov. Pataki last fall that requires similar education programs at all hospitals in the state.

More information about the program is available on our web site by clicking on the following link: http://www.wchob.org/shakenbaby/.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric and obstetric services in Western New York and beyond.

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