First Responders and Death Investigations

Thorough and accurate scene investigations are vital to classifying infant deaths correctly. Correctly classified deaths furthers research on risk factors and potential causes of SIDS, which in turn allows organizations like NISSA to develop safe sleep messages that have the greatest chance of reducing the risk of sudden infant death.

First Responders

Watch a video on the important role you play at the scene of a sudden, unexplained infant death. Read about the emotional impact responding to an infant death can have on first responders.

Death Investigations

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one type of Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death (SUID). See the CDC's website for an explanation of the relationship between SIDS and SUID. The following resources provide a fairly comprehensive overview of proper investigation procedures and techniques:

Other Resources

British Columbia Coroners Service, Child Death Review Unit

The Child Death Review Unit (CDRU) of the BC Coroners Service reviews the deaths of all children age 18 and under in B.C. The intent of these reviews is to better understand how and why children die, and to use those findings to prevent other deaths and improve the health, safety and well-being of all children in British Columbia.

MCH Alert: Focus on Infant Mortality
MCH Alert: Focus on Infant Mortality is developed by the Maternal and Child Health Library in collaboration with the National Sudden Infant Death Resource Center.

National MCH Center for Child Death Review

The National Center for Child Death Review is a resource center for state and local CDR programs, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. It promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community and national levels.

National Sudden Infant Death Resource Center: Information for First Responders

The NSIDRC provides links, training materials, news, events, and other publications relevant to SIDS/SUID professionals.