Education and Sleep Environment (EASE) Learning Collaborative Launching Wave 2

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The Education and Sleep Environment (EASE) Learning Collaborative will launch Wave 2 on June 9, working in children’s, birthing, and community hospitals to address the sleep environments of infants during their hospital stays. Ohio AAP Injury Prevention Medical Directors, Drs. Mike Gittelman and Sarah Denny, lead this project with Principal Investigator Dr. Jamie Macklin.

Physicians who participate in this project will receive:

  • An opportunity to receive American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (ABP MOC) Credit
  • Assistance in updating safe sleep policies to 2011 AAP recommendations
  • Involvement in a project with demonstrated improvements in other hospitals
  • Discounted registration for the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting in September 2015
  • Networking opportunities with other healthcare providers interested in reducing infant mortality

Three Ohio infants die each week in unsafe sleep areas, but parents who see their baby supine in the nursery are nearly twice as likely to continue the practice at home. Despite this, research continues to show that more than half of healthcare providers are not following published Safe Sleep guidelines. The Ohio AAP created and piloted the EASE Project to address this problem, with improvements including:

  • 45% increase in patients less than 1 year of age in safe sleep environments (alone, on their back, in a bare crib) during random audits
  • Nearly 30% increase in caregiver reports of receiving safe sleep education during hospital stays
  • 27% decrease in the presence of loose blankets in patient cribs during observations
  • Over 5,000 audits collected statewide in a first of its kind collaboration between Ohio children’s hospitals

If you would like to find out more information about the project, please view the Recruitment Packet, or contact Project Manager Hayley Southworth at or (614) 846-6258.

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