LGMC named “Safe Sleep Champion Hospital”

4/2/2014

Educating parents and staff about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has earned Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) recognition for excellence in promoting infant safe sleep practices by the Louisiana Safe Sleep Campaign. Christine Cornell, regional coordinator with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), presented its "Safe Sleep Champion Hospital” certificate to LGMC on Friday, March 28 at the hospital’s Pavilion for women and children.

The campaign by DHH intends to help educate parents about the importance of safe sleep to lower risks of SIDS, which account for about 80 deaths per year in Louisiana.

SIDS is sudden, unexplained death in infants prior to their first birthday. While the cause of SIDS is often unknown, safe sleeping practices for infants are believed to reduce the chance of SIDS occurring.

"One of our initiatives was to create a comprehensive policy for our staff to follow,” says Judy Robichaux, Director of LGMC’s Women’s, Children’s and Clinical Education Services. "We were already educating parents through our admit and discharge education procedures. We also provide parents tips for safe sleeping through a brochure provided by this campaign and an educational website where we provide access with a password,” says Robichaux.

DHH offers the following suggestions in creating a baby-safe sleeping environment:

  • Place baby on back to sleep
  • Do not share the bed with a baby
  • Pillows, cushions, sofas and adult beds are NOT safe sleep surfaces
  • Use a crib with a firm mattress No excess bedding, comforters or pillows in baby’s bed
  • No bumper pads, toys or stuffed animals in the crib
  • Wedges or positioners are not recommended
  • Dress baby in light clothing
  • Keep bedroom temperatures comfortable for a lightly clothed adult
  • No smoking around baby
For more information, visit dhh.la.gov

Photo cutline: The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals presents a "Safe Sleep Champion” certificate to LGMC. From left, Patrice Webb, Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Tracey Pellerin, Clinical Nurse Manager of Labor & Delivery; Christine Cornell, DHH Regional Coordinator; Judy Robichaux, Director of Women’s, Children’s and Clinical Education Services; Carrie Gerard, Clinical Educator in Clinical Education Services; and Stacy Duhon, Clinical Nurse Manager of Mother/Baby Unit.

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