• Bassett Medical Center Earns State Recognition for Sleep Safety Education for Infants' Caregivers

    Children's Health/Pediatrics

    March 6, 2019

    Bassett Medical Center has received the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Safe Sleep Project’s 2017 Quality Improvement Award in recognition of the work and dedication of staff to improve safe sleep practices for infants. The work includes verbal education and documentation of caregiver sleep education during the birth hospitalization; modeling a safe sleeping environment while in the hospital; and caregiver or parent understanding of safe sleep educational messages.

    Philip Heavner, MD, FAAP, Bassett chief of pediatrics, says, “Our nurses, clinicians and support staff at the Bassett Birthing Center do an outstanding job educating families on many topics; this recognition is a validation of those consistent, very meaningful efforts.”

    “Education for our new moms and dads is a high priority at the Birthing Center,” says project coordinator Jessy Barrett, RN, assistant nurse manager, Birthing Center. “A safe sleep environment is probably one of the easiest things parents can provide to keep their baby safe. We educate parents by having conversations and demonstrations about safe sleep and provide them with an informative video. This award is a testament to the wonderful work of Birthing Center staff.”

    Methods to promote safe sleep practices include:

    • Verbal reinforcement and education about safe sleep recommendations provided to parents.
    • Short, instructional videos on the A, B, Cs of safe sleeping practices for infants; namely, the baby should sleep Alone, on their Back and in their own Crib. Putting a baby to sleep on his or her back, alone and on a firm surface, helps to avoid sleep-related deaths, such as SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
    • Documentation in the medical record that parent(s), caregiver(s) received and understand safe sleep messages before leaving hospital.

    The NYSPQC Safe Sleep Project began in 2014 at Bassett Medical Center’s Birthing Center and the same educational methods on safe sleep for babies will continue into the future.

    The NYSPQC is an initiative led by the New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health. The NYSPQC aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York State by collaborating with birthing hospitals, perinatal care providers, professional organizations and other key stakeholders to prevent and minimize harm through the translation of evidence-based guidelines to clinical practice.