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The SIDS Center of New Jersey (SCNJ) is a program of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health in Hackensack. The program is funded in part by a Health Service grant from the New Jersey Department of Health to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a CJ Foundation grant to the Hackensack Meridian Health, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

 

Established in 1988, the Mission of SCNJ is to:

 

  • Provide bereavement support to grieving families whose infants have died suddenly and unexpectedly

  • Study causes and risk factors associated with sudden infant deaths

  • Develop and present a wide-range of risk-reduction and preventive education programs, materials and other resources on safe infant sleep consistent with the evidence-based guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the needs in New Jersey that are identified through our research.

 

We work collaboratively with our colleagues in national programs such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, a project of the Maternal Child Health Bureau, and have supported their mission through our clinical, educational and research initiatives. Research by the SCNJ contributed to both the 2011 and 2016 AAP policy statements regarding safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths. Declines in Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) and improvements in safe infant sleep practices have resulted from these efforts.  The SIDS Center of New Jersey remains committed to its mission to improve the health and safety of New Jersey’s infants and to working with New Jersey’s programs and institutions with a shared public health mission. 

 

  • Safe infant sleep practices reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths in the first 12 months of life, including accidental suffocation.

  • The SIDS Center of New Jersey follows the evidence-based safe sleep guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics in its education programs.

  • According to the most recently available national data (2013-2015), New Jersey has one of the lowest Sudden Unexpected Infant Death rate in the nation.

  • Parents and Grandparents make a difference!

  • The SIDS Center of New Jersey thanks its many partners, including parents and grandparents, for teaching and following safe sleep practices.

  • Back to Sleep has been named one of the seven leading pediatric research findings of the past 40 years and has helped save thousands of lives!

 

 

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Premature Infants at Greater Risk of SIDS

The newest study by SCNJ faculty on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID),

published in the July 2017 issue of Pediatrics. 

 

Doctor Emphasizes Safety to Prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

NJTV News Correspondent Lauren Wanko interviews RWJMS faculty and parents
to discuss and demonstrate safe sleep habits for infants.

 

Safe Infant Sleep Guidelines

Barbara Ostfeld, Program Director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey

at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Viorel Florescu/NorthJersey.com/Bergen Record

 

 

American Academy of Pediatrics

Policy Statement on Safe Infant Sleep (2016)

The American Academy of Pediatrics released its newest safe infant sleep policy statement

on reducing the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths in November, 2016.

 

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths:
Evidence Base for 2016 Updated Recommendations
for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment

Rachel Y. Moon, TASK FORCE ON SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME

 

 

Newest (June 15, 2017) Safe Infant Sleep Webinar

Provided by Dr. Ostfeld for the

New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

 

 

SCNJ EMS Training Article on Safe Infant Sleep is available in the News Section

 

On-line EMS Training Information is available in the News Section

 

SCNJ Q and A Conversation about Safe Infant Sleep is available in the Education Section

 

   

HOSPITAL TOOL KIT FOR SAFE INFANT SLEEP

Explosion 1: New Tool Kit to help hospitals provide

Safe Infant Sleep education to parents and caregivers!

Click here to access the Tool Kit.