2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Assessment of Clinical Practice Regarding Infant Sleep Positions
Kristen M. Siebels
Prof. Pamela Gardner, Faculty Mentor

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in infants one month to one year of age. Since 1994 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendation states that healthy infants should always be placed supine to sleep. In 2000 the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri surveyed maternal-child nurses in Missouri hospitals and found 28% were correctly following the AAP guidelines. In response to that data, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services contracted with SIDS Resources to develop an instructional intervention to address staff positioning of infants. SIDS Resources contracted with us to do post intervention research. Research surveys were sent to maternal-child nurses in Missouri hospitals following the instructional intervention. Our results show 1) performance in accordance with the AAP recommendations has significantly improved and 2) the intervention had a direct positive impact on improvement.

Keywords: SIDS, newborns, clinical practice, staff development, sleep positioning

Topic(s):Nursing

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 17-3
Location: OP 2115
Time: 10:15

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