Presentation Information

Gail A. Bagwell

Implementing Safe Sleep for Babies in the NICU

  • Speaker: Gail A. Bagwell , DNP, APRN, CNS, FAAN
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

Sleep related deaths are the number one cause of infant deaths in the United States, with neonates that have been in a NICU being at a higher risk. In order to combat this problem, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the early 1990's began publishing recommendations on how to prevent sleep related deaths in healthy term infants. This effort has led to a decrease in infant sleep related deaths, but confusion remains on when a premature or convalescing neonate be transitioned to a safe sleep environment in the NICU. This presentation will review the different types of sleep related deaths in infants, most current theory of cause of SIDS, review the myths of safe sleep and give guidance to the NICU nurse on how to implement safe sleep in their unit.