Good Samaritan and St. Francis Named Shaken Baby Prevention Education Champion
April 22, 2019
CHI Health Good Samaritan and St. Francis were recently recognized as Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Prevention Education Champions.
To become an AHT/SBS Prevention Hospital Champion, each hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates an AHT/SBS policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, educates parents with evidence-based AHT/SBS materials in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103, and incorporates The Crying Plan into post-discharge patient calls.
DHHS worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska to launch the Nebraska AHT/SBS Prevention Education Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.
Eleven babies' deaths were associated with Abusive Head Trauma for Nebraska infants between 2010 and 2016. Even one infant death is too many. Many more babies were injured by being shaken, but were Head Trauma (AHT), also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), is 100 percent preventable and is a form of physical child abuse to a baby or young child.
Learn more about Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome and The Crying Plan at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Nebraska-Safe-Babies-Hospitals.aspx