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Grand Rounds: Safe Sleep: Easy as ABC, but we get an F


By Sue Nofziger, MD, Jennifer Manning, DO, and Cesley Hayes, MPH , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Recognize trends and current state of sleep-related infant deaths at the national and regional level. 2. Identify strategies to address biases of healthcare professionals and facilitate safe sleep care practices in the community. 3. Improve safe sleep modeling in the acute care hospital setting. 4. Explain how and why the Akron Children's Hospital Safe Sleep Academy was created. 5. Demonstrate how to effectively communicate and integrate safe sleep education during interactions with families and caregivers. 6. Promote and provide safe sleep resources to families and caregivers, including the Akron Children's Hospital Safe Sleep Academy and Cribs for Kids Program.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Safe Sleep initiatives in the State of Ohio to reduce sleep-related infant deaths. The counties we serve have some of the highest numbers.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Sue Nofziger, MD, Jennifer Manning, DO and Cesley Hayes, MPH have all indicated that there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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