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Meritus Medical Center Certified as Gold Safe Sleep Champion

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Meritus Medical Center was recently selected as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program. The hospital’s women’s and children’s services team was recognized for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

Gold is the highest designation in the Cribs for Kids® hospital certification program that utilizes safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Among the reasons Meritus Medical Center was recognized at the “Gold” level were its ongoing training of the women’s and children’s care team; education of parents, guardians and other caregivers of patients age one year old and younger; use of and education on sleep sacks; participation in an annual program evaluation for compliance; yearly participation in at least two community education events or media outreach campaigns; providing safety-approved sleep space for at-risk infants; and ensuring images depicting unsafe infant sleep or sleep environments are not used in the health care system for on-site artwork/photos or on the health system’s social media pages.

Part of the education of parents of infants and newborns at the hospital is the safe to sleep display recently erected in the waiting area of the women’s and children’s services unit. The display was made possible through generous donations to Meritus Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising arm of Meritus Medical Center.

Each year, 3,500 infants are lost to sleep-related deaths in the U.S.