Tri Valley earns 'Safe Sleep,' head trauma prevention designations

Friday, August 9, 2019
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Representative Jackie Moline presents Tri Valley Health System with their designation as a Safe Sleep Hospital and Abusive Head Trauma / Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Hospital Champion on Thursday afternoon.
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CAMBRIDGE, Neb. – Tri Valley Health System was recently designated as a Safe Sleep and Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby (AHT/SBS) Prevention Champion through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “We chose to become a Safe Sleep and Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Champion hospital because we want to provide the safest care possible for our tiniest patients,” said Clay Jordan, RN, Staff Development/ OB Coordinator at Tri Valley Health System.

DHHS worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska to launch the Nebraska AHT/SBS Prevention Education Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

To become an AHT/SBS Prevention Hospital Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates an AHT/SBS policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, educates parents with evidence-based AHT/SBS materials in according with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103, and incorporates The Crying Plan into post-discharge patient calls.

“Tri Valley Health System’s nurses are compassionate about supporting this campaign to strengthen the community’s awareness of the life altering effects of Abusive Head Trauma/ Shaken Baby Syndrome. The education we obtained from this campaign will give us the skills and knowledge to inform the parents and communities that this is 100 percent preventable. The nursing staff has completed modules in awareness and in providing education to new parents about creating their CRYing Plan. By implementing a CRYing Plan parents discuss early what to do when their new babies crying becomes overwhelming,” said Jordan.

The Safe Sleep program was launched by DHHS, the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff on safe sleep for babies.

To be considered a Safe Sleep Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates a Safe Sleep Policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, models safe sleep recommendations, and educates parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103 and the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Recommendations.

“Through the Safe Sleep initiative our staff has completed Safe Sleep training and models the techniques for our patients. Our new parents see firsthand the proper way to put baby down to sleep, how to dress baby so they aren’t too warm and what a safe sleep environment looks like. It has been beneficial to staff as well as our patients,” said Jordan.

For more information about infant safety visit: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Maternal-and-Infant-Health.aspx

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