Project Information

Safe Sleep Assessment

Project Description: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death amongst one month and one year old children. Approximately 1500 children died of SIDS in 2014. Safe sleep practices as listed below have been proven to decrease the risk of SIDS. In accordance with the AAP guidelines, safe sleep practices include sleeping on the back on a firm surface, breastfeeding the infant, sleeping in the parent’s room but in a separate surface designed for infants for at least the first 6 months of life, keeping loose and soft objects away from the infant’s sleep area, avoiding smoking/alcohol/illicit drug use, and immunizing children. The primary purpose of this project is to improve the quality of safe sleep practices by assessing current sleep practices from parents of the Mother Baby Unit (Units 35 and 95) at Shands Hospital, part of UF Health. A collaborative approach between social workers, medical doctors and the family partner from the Coordinated Intake and Referral program (CI&R) is aiming to assess different measures of safe sleep practices, including safe sleep environment, safe sleep education, sleeping practices (i.e., co-sleeping), smoking and breastfeeding. According to Moon (2016), racial and ethnic disparities impact SIDS and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) mortality rate. As a result, researchers will assess racial and ethnic differences in knowledge and practice of safe-sleeping. Additionally, safe sleep implementation and education will be assessed for parents who have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), aiming to assess if a difference exists between level of education and implementation of safe-sleep practices. Moreover, recent research findings suggest a vast gap exists between patient knowledge about safe sleep practices and what they’re being taught by health care providers. For instance, Eisenberg and colleagues (2015) found only 54.5% of mothers in the United States were educated on appropriate supine sleeping positioning, 19.9% were coached on safe sleep location, and 11% were instructed on appropriate use of pacifiers. The aim of this study is to assess current safe sleeping educational strategies at UF-Health Shands to improve this approach ensuring each parent is knowledgeable, confident and equipped to prevent and decrease incidents of SUID and SIDS.

QPI: Kendall, Steadmon, (

Collaborators: Carolina, Rueda, (; (


UF Health Big Aims: Transform our Culture None

MeSH Keywords: Sleep, Smoking, Sudden Infant Death, cosleeping, smoking, breastfeeding