Bassett Medical Center earns recognition for infant sleep safety education


COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center has received the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Safe Sleep Project’s 2017 Quality Improvement Award in recognition of the work and dedication of staff to improve safe sleep practices for infants.

The work includes verbal education and documentation of caregiver sleep education during the birth hospitalization; modeling a safe sleeping environment while in the hospital; and caregiver or parent understanding of safe sleep educational messages.

Philip Heavner, MD, FAAP, Bassett chief of pediatrics, says, “Our nurses, clinicians and support staff at the Bassett Birthing Center do an outstanding job educating families on many topics; this recognition is a validation of those consistent, very meaningful efforts.”

“Education for our new moms and dads is a high priority at the Birthing Center,” says project coordinator Jessy Barrett, RN, assistant nurse manager, Birthing Center. “A safe sleep environment is probably one of the easiest things parents can provide to keep their baby safe. We educate parents by having conversations and demonstrations about safe sleep and provide them with an informative video. This award is a testament to the wonderful work of Birthing Center staff.”

The NYSPQC Safe Sleep Project began in 2014 at Bassett Medical Center’s Birthing Center and the same educational methods on safe sleep for babies will continue into the future.

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