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Rhode Island Child Death Review: Sudden Infant Death and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths, 2008-2009

Rhode Island Child Death Review: Sudden Infant Death and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths, 2008-2009 in Medicine & Health Rhode IslandIn the United States, in 2006, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was the 3rd leading cause of death in infants under 1 year of age. In Rhode Island, during 2008-2009, SIDS was the 2nd leading cause of death for children under 1 year of age. SIDS is defined as the sudden death of an infant under 1 year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, which includes performing a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.

The Rhode Island Child Death Review Team (RICDRT), coordinated by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., reviewed deaths of infants (birth through [ 1 year of age) that occurred in Rhode Island during 2008-2009. During 2008-2009 there were 88 deaths of infants 0 to 1 year of age. Forty were due to the effects of extreme prematurity, 22 to an undetermined cause (15 of the 22 had a specific notation of SIDS or SUID on the death certificate), 15 to congenital disorders, 10 to perinatal complications, and 1 to homicide. This article discusses the findings of the review. Health by Numbers, Medicine & Health Rhode Island, July 2010, Vol. 93, N 7. Steve Meersman, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

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