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Parents to Learn About SIDS from DU Nursing Students

Going to sleep in a safe environment could help to save the life of an infant.

Of 68 babies who suffered sudden unexpected infant deaths in Allegheny County in 2001-2006, only two were in safe sleep environments with no risk factors, said Eileen Carlins, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) of Pennsylvania educational director.

To reduce the risk of infant deaths, demonstrations of safe sleep environments, information about safe sleep practices, and statistics about SIDS will be shared at daycare centers, soup kitchens and senior centers, with parent groups, on college campuses and in the Allegheny County Jail.

For the first time, about 90 Duquesne University sophomores in the School of Nursing will be involved in this SIDS educational training with SIDS of PA.

“Our curriculum is community-based, and we have developed ongoing relationships with many community agencies that are in need of educational programs for underserved and vulnerable populations,” said Cindy Walters, MSN-RN, clinical instructor at Duquesne. “We bring students into community settings before they actually begin clinical experiences in the hospital so they see the bigger picture of care.”

Where: Locations across the South Side, Hill District, North Side, East Liberty, McKees Rocks and Homewood

When: Thursday, Jan. 7

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.