The Healthy Children and Families’ Safe Infant Sleep (SIS) initiative was established in 2009 to address concerns around SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and the risk factor of bed-sharing.
Research tells us that education on the principles of safe sleep and addressing modifiable risk factors is important to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and prevent other sleep related injuries and deaths in the first year of life.
In collaboration with provincial partners, Healthy Children and Families developed provincial, standardized resources for parents and health care providers, including the AHS Safe Infant Sleep Policy. The Policy came into effect in January 2014 and provides direction that ensures consistent safe sleep practices are in place across AHS in all care settings. Ongoing quality improvement activities are also undertaken.
AHS Safe Infant Sleep Policy
Safe Infant Sleep module is applicable to all AHS employees (including medical and midwifery staffs, students, volunteers and contracted service providers) and to external stakeholders (including physicians) who are involved in providing education or care in prenatal\postpartum\postnatal maternal and infant and pediatric services in all settings.
The module is approved and accredited for 1 CME credit by both the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
The module listed on the Perinatal Health E-Learning for Professionals (HELP) platform is no longer available and is replaced by the My Learning Link Safe Infant Sleep Module (2020).
Health care providers who work with parents of babies up to one year of age, in any care setting, can order free copies of these resources for distribution.
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