We participated in case reviews for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) program at UPMC Chautauqua on Thursday. Alicia and I traveled to Jamestown to meet with the forensic multidisciplinary team (MDT) there and review sexual assault cases that were treated at the hospital during the previous quarter. Delivering compassionate care to survivors of sexual assault and collecting forensic evidence requires ongoing analysis to spark critical improvements. The path to healing begins with our SAFE providers, who must render treatment and connect survivors with the best resources available. Law enforcement and court systems also rely heavily on providers’ forensic expertise.
I’d like to thank Tammy Bimber, the SAFE Coordinator at UPMC Chautauqua, for organizing the MDT meeting. She is already planning review sessions for upcoming quarters. We are committed to regular review sessions to ensure quality care at each of our SAFE Center hospitals.
Infant Safe Sleep Hospitals
We continue to work with our local hospitals to help them maintain National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification. Olean General Hospital and UPMC Chautauqua are recognized as Gold Safe Sleep Champions, the highest designation, for their commitment to infant safe sleep practices and education. Their efforts often begin with new parents/caregivers well before child birth. Infant safe sleep education includes conversations about common deadly safety hazards and ABCs of Safe Sleep recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The ABCs say babies must sleep: Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib. We provide the hospital maternity wards with Halo SleepSacks for in-hospital use, as they are much safer than traditional receiving blankets.
I’m proud to say our Gold Safe Sleep Champions have worked well alongside our regional Cribs for Kids campaign for several years now. We continually seek opportunities to reach new parents/caregivers in need. For more information or for infant safe sleep materials or education, contact STHCS Prevention Coordinator Jordan Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 372-0614.
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