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National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Recognizes Oishei Children’s Hospital with Highest Designation

Updated: 9/27/2022

Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Hospital for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. This is the highest designation the program offers. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a national infant safe sleep organization. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to SUID and accidental suffocation. As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, OCH is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and providing training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.

“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, MD, neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

From 2019-2021 approximately 80% of all Erie County pediatric death reviews were related to unsafe sleep practices. Many of those deaths were in the City of Buffalo.

“A large portion of what we review related to unsafe sleep is preventable,” said Sharon Barron, RN, BSN, CPN, C-ONQS, manager of the Regional Perinatal Program at OCH. “Going forward, we will focus on having real conversations with families about safe sleep practices and what that means to anyone taking care of infants 12 months of age or less. Conversations can happen at any level and one conversation can save an infant’s life.”

“I’m so proud of our team and safe sleep champions for their tireless efforts in reducing the number of preventable deaths throughout Western New York,” said Allegra Jaros, president of OCH. “Their dedication to promoting safe sleep messaging and best practices, both internally with staff and families, and externally within the community, is unmatched. They are so deserving of this recognition.”

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids in Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.

According to Judith A. Bannon, Executive Director and Founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The certification program launched in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Cribs for Kids® national headquarters. Hundreds of hospitals across the US are certified. We welcome Oishei Children’s Hospital to this expanding group of committed hospitals. This will have a profound effect on saving babies’ lives.”

For more information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program, visit https://cribsforkids.org/hospitalcertification/.