Highlands Partners with East Kentucky Plan of Safe Care for Safe Sleep Campaign

May 29, 2019

Prestonsburg, KY –Highlands Health System and East Kentucky Plan of Safe Care are proud to announce a safe sleep campaign that aims to save lives of infants in the Big Sandy Region. The partnership will educate and equip parents against Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (commonly referred to as SUID) is a term used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than 1 year old in which the cause was not obvious before investigation. These deaths often happen during sleep or in the baby’s sleep area. Kentucky has one of the highest SUID rates in the nation, and SUID is the second leading cause of death among Kentucky’s infants, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health.
Infant sleep areas should be in the same room with parents but never in the same bed. There should be no pillows, blankets or toys in the sleep area with the child, for risk of suffocation, entrapment, or strangulation. Babies under one year of age should always be placed on their backs to sleep.
As part of the educational campaign, every child born at Highlands Regional Medical Center from June to November, 2019, will receive a safe sleep booklet and a Halo SafeSleep wearable blanket. “Back is Best” is embroidered on each as a reminder to new parents. Many families in need will also receive Pack N’ Play portable bassinets to ensure the newborns have a safe, transportable area to sleep in the same room with parents.
“Many SUID cases are preventable by implementing safe sleep practices” said Michelle Hall, Highlands Regional’s Director of Labor and Delivery. “We’re incredibly grateful that the East Kentucky Plan of Safe Care group is giving us additional tools to educate new parents in our Labor and Delivery Department.”
For more information on SUIDs or practicing safe sleep with your infant, visit SafeSleepKy.com.