Lompoc Valley Medical Center Honored for Infant “Safe Sleep” Program

Written by Nora Wallace on

Lompoc Valley Medical Center was recently recognized by a national organization for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center was recently recognized by a national organization for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The hospital was awarded a Bronze Seal designation by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program for its commitment to infant safe sleep.

The certification program was created by the Pittsburgh-based Cribs for Kids, a national infant safe sleep organization. Cribs for Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths attributed to infant suffocation or to Sudden Unexplained Infant Death, or SUID.

“We are so proud to achieve national recognition for our safe sleep practice and are committed to helping reduce the risk of SIDS in our community,” said LVMC Director of Perinatal Services Melinda DeHoyos, MSN, RNC-OB.  “This certification ensures that our nursing staff understands the importance of caregiver education and prevention measures to reduce the risk of SIDS and other preventable sleep-related deaths. We are excited to be able to continue to improve the safety of the care we deliver at LVMC.”

As a nationally certified Safe Sleep Hospital, LVMC is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The hospital was also recognized for educating healthcare staff and family caregivers of infants.

“Sleep-Related Death results in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”

Cribs for Kids Founder and Executive Director Judith A. Bannon said the certification program was launched in 2015. Hundreds of hospitals are certified in the U.S.

“We welcome Lompoc Valley Medical Center to this expanding group of committed hospitals,” she said. “This will have a profound effect on saving babies’ lives.”

The Bronze Level certification was awarded after LVMC implemented an Infant Safe Sleep Policy and provided staff training about safe sleep for children younger than 12 months, among other requirements.