Hospital using HALO SleepSack for new babies

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Modeling the new HALO SleepSack in use at Lin-coln Medical Center is newborn Aymiree DeLani Cooper, infant of Andral and Summer Cooper of Fayetteville. The baby was born Tuesday, Feb. 4, at LMC, weighing in at six pounds, 10 ounces, and 19 inches in length. The baby has one sibling, Treasure Cooper.

Modeling the new HALO SleepSack in use at Lin-coln Medical Center is newborn Aymiree DeLani Cooper, infant of Andral and Summer Cooper of Fayetteville. The baby was born Tuesday, Feb. 4, at LMC, weighing in at six pounds, 10 ounces, and 19 inches in length. The baby has one sibling, Treasure Cooper.

In continuing the practice of safe sleep, Lincoln Medical Center introduces the HALO SleepSack.

The HALO SleepSack wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. In addition to sleeping more safely, HALO SleepSack products help babies sleep better too. It’s a warm, cuddly blanket they can’t kick off, ensuring your little one sleeps soundly throughout the night.

Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested the use of wearable blankets. Today, HALO SleepSack products are used by over 1,250 hospitals to promote safe sleep and by millions of parents nationwide to help babies sleep safely from the start. The American Academy of Pediatrics, First Candle/SIDS Alliance and The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Death suggest the use of a wearable blanket, like the HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket, instead of a loose blanket to help keep a baby warm. Loose blankets in the crib can pose a significant risk to baby as they can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing.

“Remembering the ABC’s of sleep, infants should sleep Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. As a hospital committed to improving community health and lowering our infant mortality rate, we need to make sure parents know these simple rules and share this information with other people who may be putting infants down to sleep, including grandparents and other relatives,” said Monica Master, director of OB at LMC.

Members of Lincoln Medical Center’s OB Department accept the Safe Sleep Certificate after adopting the HALO SleepSack for newborns. Pic-tured (from left) are Kim Hollis, RN; Dr. Theresa Morrison; Debbie Yorba, Director of ED/ Inpatient Services; Monica Masters, OB Supervisor; and Kristie Sanders, RN.

Members of Lincoln Medical Center’s OB Department accept the Safe Sleep Certificate after adopting the HALO SleepSack for newborns. Pic-tured (from left) are Kim Hollis, RN; Dr. Theresa Morrison; Debbie Yorba, Director of ED/ Inpatient Services; Monica Masters, OB Supervisor; and Kristie Sanders, RN.

Studies have shown that parents observe doctors and nurses in hospitals and place their babies to sleep the same way they see their baby placed to sleep in the hospital. LMC’s new safe sleep policy will require staff members to implement safe sleep practices in the hospital. In addition, the policy will require all staff members that care for infants to be trained on safe sleep on an annual basis.

In an effort to keep all babies sleeping safely, HALO is proud to offer the HALO® Safer Way to Sleep® Initiative which has been adopted by more than 1,250 hospitals in the United States and Canada. This initiative provides hospital nurseries and NICUs an opportunity to educate parents about safe sleep environments by demonstrating the use of a wearable blanket. In addition to the sleep slacks being offered to the moms and babies during their hospital stay, the Lincoln Medical Center Gift Shop also carries a large selection of the HALO’s at a very affordable price.

Safe sleep practices can prevent sleep-related deaths. LMC promotes the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that infants should always be placed on their backs to sleep; sleep alone in a crib or bassinet, although the crib or bassinet can be in the same room as an adult caregiver; not have bumper pads, blankets, stuffed animals, toys or pets in their cribs; and sleep on a firm crib mattress with the mattress covered only by a fitted sheet.

For more information on sleep-related deaths, visit the TDH website at http://safesleep.tn.gov. For more information about the HALO SleepSacks, visit www.halosleep.com.

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