Online Program

Safe sleep education with child care providers in an urban environment

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tish Palumbo, RN MSN CEN, School of Nursing, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a tragic and unpredictable event that occurs to infants between one month and twelve months of age and is the leading cause of death in this age group. A number of modifiable risk factors were identified and an aggressive campaign by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) beginning in 1992 has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in SIDS deaths in the United States. However, SIDS events occurring in childcare have not decreased over this same time period and account for 20 per cent of the overall SIDS deaths. The deaths are disproportionately higher when the childcare setting is in a family home and not in a child care center. Data shows that SIDS occurs twice as often in African American babies and Healthy People 2020 aims to eliminate health care disparities. Pediatric public health nurses in the role of child care health consultants are in the position to provide face to face education to childcare providers on Safe Sleep. Face to face education is known to be much more highly effective than reading materials. A discussion of the implementation of this initiative to child care providers in an urban largely African American community will be presented.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of the pediatric public health nurse as a child care health consultant in the education of child care providers in safe sleep practices.

Keyword(s): Child Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am a public health nurse additionally with 35 years acute care experience including pediatric acute care on an inpatient pediatric unit and emergency nursing with pediatric patients. I am a Pennsylvania state certified quality assurance educator (PQAS) who has worked directly with many child care providers in family, group and center settings. I completed this work/initiative as part of my graduate student project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.