May 09, 2019
New guides help SUDI fight
The manager of the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service says new resources will help doctors, nurses, midwives and social workers in the battle against Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy.
The Health Ministry has released a Needs Assessment and Care Planning Guide and the National Safe Sleep Device Quality Specification Guidelines.
Fay Selby Law says that includes wahakura, pēpi pods and other safe sleep devices.
"Health professionals like to have quite strict guidelines so that is what those do. The needs assessment and care planning guide is the questions practitioners can ask whānau and it is based on the Pēpi message which is in our workforce development modules, so it is all sort of linking and tying everything up together," she says.
SUDI deaths have plateaued to an average of 44 a year, about of whom about half are Māori, and efforts to bring that number down further are focused on bed sharing with mothers who have smoked during pregnancy.
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