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Illustrations of Unexpected Infant Sleep Deaths

Cullen, Deborah EdD, RCP; Oberle, Morgan BSN; Elomba, Charles D. BSN; Stiffler, Deborah PhD, RN, CNM; Luna, Gaye EdD

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000120
Case Reports

ABSTRACT Case illustrations from central Indiana provide the narrative for infant suffocations because of unsafe sleep environments. Accidental strangulation or suffocation in bed is caused by co-bedding, blankets and pillows in cribs, or wedging and entrapment. Knowledge of the evidence-based risks associated with case data may assist further in the prevention of unexpected infant sleep deaths and may better inform best practice for death scene investigation including forensic nurses.

Author Affiliations: 1Science of Nursing Care Department, Indiana University School of Nursing; 2Indiana University School of Nursing; and 3Center of Excellence in Education, Northern Arizona University.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence:Deborah Cullen, EdD, RCP, Science of Nursing Care Department, Indiana University School of Nursing, 600 Barnhill Drive, NU E405, Indianapolis, IN 46202. E

Received March 7, 2016; accepted for publication June 2, 2016.

© 2016 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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