Consistent and collaborative approaches to reduce preventable deaths: a safe infant sleeping educational resource designed for health professionals

Young, Jeanine, Williams, A, Ramsbotham, J and Higgins, N (2008). Consistent and collaborative approaches to reduce preventable deaths: a safe infant sleeping educational resource designed for health professionals. In: , Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology: Looking together towards new horizons. The Tenth SIDS International Conference, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth U.K., (126-127). 23-26th June, 2008.

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Author Young, Jeanine
Williams, A
Ramsbotham, J
Higgins, N
Title of paper Consistent and collaborative approaches to reduce preventable deaths: a safe infant sleeping educational resource designed for health professionals
Conference name The Tenth SIDS International Conference
Conference location University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth U.K.
Conference dates 23-26th June, 2008
Proceedings title Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology: Looking together towards new horizons   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Totowa, N.J., U.S.A.
Publisher Humana Press
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2008
DOI 10.1007/s12024-008-9058-4
ISSN 1556-2891
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 126
End page 127
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary Objective:
To improve health professional knowledge, attitude, and practice deficits relating to sudden unexpected deaths in infancy(SUDI) and Safe Sleeping messages.

Methods:
A pre-test/post-test intervention design evaluated knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to SUDI and Safe Sleeping (SS) in a sample of nurses and midwives caring for families with infants (n = 393): (a) pre-test survey and audit (observational
and chart); (b) educational intervention including evidence relating to SUDI and SS recommendations; and (c) post-test survey and audit to evaluate intervention effectiveness.

Results:

Pre-test results identified knowledge, attitude, and practice deficits. Of the 230 respondents, only 166 (72%) provided parent education about SS in care and discharge planning, despite working with infants and families. Most (196, 85%) nurses advised parents to use supine positioning for healthy babies, but only 147 (64%) advised parents to place babies with reflux supine to sleep. Two-thirds of staff(152, 66%) indicated that they would recommend wrapping in the supine position as an alternative settling/sleep strategy for a 2-month infant placed prone. Documentation of SS education was poor prior to the intervention. The intervention achieved significant positive changes in knowledge of risk factors; recommended infant sleep position, effective infant wrapping, and plagiocephaly prevention.

Conclusions:
The Safe Sleeping resource was implemented throughout Queensland in a variety of clinical and community settings in 2008. Resource sharing, consistency, key stakeholder collaboration, and effective change management were integral to the educational resource being evidence-based, user-friendly, accessible, and a sustainable mode of health professional support. Collaborative approaches involving consistent information and resource sharing between all key stakeholder groups, supported at a national level, will facilitate Safe Sleeping initiatives being sustained long term.
Subjects 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
920401 Behaviour and Health
920210 Nursing
111006 Midwifery
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Keyword health professional practices
health professional knowledge
infant care practices
Sudden Infant Death
Q-Index Code EX

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery Publications
 
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