CDC’s Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Activities
CDC’s sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) activities aim to standardize and improve data collected at infant (less than 1 year old) death scenes and to promote consistent classification and reporting of SUID cases.
CDC has collaborated with organizations to
- Support the use of the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF).
- Develop training resources for investigators of infant deaths.
- Train medicolegal professionals and child advocates to conduct comprehensive infant death investigations.
- Develop and implement a state-based SUID surveillance system to monitor deaths and associated characteristics. This system is called the SUID Case Registry.
SUID Initiative Timeline
2012-2015: SUID Case Registry
In July 2012, nine states (Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Wisconsin) were awarded cooperative agreements to begin or continue the work of the 2009-2012 SUID Case Registry Program. New states Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin began data collection in January 2013.
2009-2012: SUID Case Registry Program
In July 2009, five state grantees were selected to participate in the SUID Case Registry Program as part of a cooperative agreement. These states were Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, and New Mexico. An additional two states (New Hampshire and Minnesota) were added to the SUID Case Registry in July 2010.
2008: SUID Case Registry, Planning and Development
In 2008, CDC gathered public and private partners to develop the program model for the SUID Case Registry. After partner input, it was decided to use Child Death Review programs as the platform for the SUID Case Registry.
2006-2007: SUID Surveillance System Feasibility Study
In 2007, CDC conducted a SUID surveillance feasibility study with seven states in collaboration with CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. The feasibility study showed that the most efficient way to develop a surveillance system would be to build on the Child Death Review system already in place.
To disseminate sudden unexplained infant death investigation training resources, CDC conducted train-the-trainer academies in five US regions from 2006 to 2008. These regional, multidisciplinary academies provided training for every state, as well as American Indian/Alaska Native teams. The academies produced more than 250 trainers, including medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officers, child advocates, college faculty members, and medicolegal death scene investigators. Participants were expected to conduct additional trainings at conferences, meetings, and courses in their respective states. More than 20,000 people have been trained, and many jurisdictions report that they are using the new Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF). View a map of SUIDI Training Academies.
2004-2006: SUIDIRF Revision
In March 2006, CDC released a revised SUIDIRF.
2004-2006: Infant Death Investigation Training Resources
Along with the revised SUIDIRF, CDC and partners developed the following guidelines and training resources for medical examiners, coroners, investigators, and child advocates across the United States:
- Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Curriculum.
- SUID Investigator’s Guidelines.
1994-1996: Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form
In June 1996, CDC released the original Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form, Guidelines for death scene investigation of sudden, unexplained infant deaths: recommendations of the interagency panel on sudden infant death syndrome. [PDF-288KB]
- Page last reviewed: October 23, 2014
- Page last updated: December 2, 2014
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