The Illinois Department of Public Health is a resource agency for identification, information, counseling, education and data collection regarding sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in Illinois.
The program operates through a networking system. When an infant dies suddenly and unexpectedly, the coroner or medical examiner is mandated by law to notify the Department’s SIDS/Infant Mortality Program within 72 hours. The Department then mails a condolence letter and information to the family and requests a local public health department nurse, who has training in bereavement, make a home visit to the family. The nurse can assist the family with their needs and can link them with a support network. Counseling and support services are offered to all families in Illinois who experience the sudden and unexpected death of their infant.
The Department partners with Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc. (SIDS of Illinois, Inc.), a nonprofit organization that brings together volunteers and professionals to provide compassionate and meaningful support services to families and individuals who suffer the death of an infant. In collaboration with SIDS of Illinois, Inc., support services are provided to any family who experiences a sudden and unexpected infant death, information and training are provided to health care professionals, and information on risk reduction strategies is provided to the public and professionals.
The Department’s SIDS/Infant Mortality Program also works closely with SIDS of Illinois, Inc., in training professionals who might become involved with a sudden and unexpected infant death. These include coroners, medical examiners, nurses, emergency medical personnel, emergency department staff, police and fire department staff, funeral directors and clergy.
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