Ohio hospitals helping keep sleeping babies safe

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 16, 2014

The Ohio Hospital Association and the state health department are urging Ohio’s hospitals to monitor new guidelines for infant safety, and as a result some of the state’s hospitals are providing so-called “sleep sacks” to new parents to help keep newborns safe at home, reports TV station WDTN.
 
According to the report, Ohio has one of the highest mortality rates in the country, and the new initiative aims to reduce infant deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related deaths. The sleep sacks are designed to wrap babies in soft cloth cocoon-like outfits that snugly keep them comforted as they sleep, but limit the potentially life-threatening extra material that could smother their tiny bodies.
 
Some hospitals will soon start sending a sleep sack home with new parents. Other hospitals are also using the sleep sacks in their birthing departments, WDTN reports.