SUID Case Registry
The SUID Case Registry’s Objectives Are to
- Create state-level surveillance systems that build upon child death review activities.
- Categorize SUID using standard definitions.
- Monitor the incidence of different types of SUID.
- Describe demographic and environmental factors associated with the different types of SUID.
- Guide interventions and potentially save lives.
- Improve systems of care for families.
Jurisdictions Funded to Collect SUID Case Registry Data, 2015
Funded states include Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Delaware, Georgia, Tennessee, Alaska, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. Funded jurisdictions (indicated by hashed lines) include the city and county of San Francisco and the Tidewater Region of Virginia.
Grantees use information from their SUID Case Registry to identify gaps in infant death investigations. Information from the SUID Case Registry is also used to recognize opportunities for interventions related to safe sleep and improving systems of care for families, including infant death investigations.
Improving Infant Death Investigations: A Case Study from New Mexico
New Mexico used its SUID Case Registry data to examine the components of infant death investigations. The data identified scene re-creations with doll re-enactment as an area for improvement. Based on the findings, The New Mexico Department of Health together with the Office of the Medical Investigator, is training investigators to use dolls. New Mexico is also creating and garnering support for an institutional policy to use dolls to re-create the scene at every infant death investigation.
Targeting Safe Sleep Messages: A Case Study from New Jersey
New Jersey used its SUID Case Registry data to identify high-risk populations that might benefit from targeted interventions. The data showed that teen mothers were overrepresented in New Jersey SUID, and that almost every mother received prenatal care. Based on these findings, New Jersey Department of Children and Families partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education and Department of Health and sponsored a Safe Sleep art contest in middle schools throughout New Jersey. Middle school students are current babysitters and future parents. The winning submission was printed on a tote bag which was filled with safe sleep materials. The bags were distributed to 20 federally qualified health centers (that offer prenatal care to low-income women), 17 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Offices, 22 Aid to Families with Dependent Children Offices, and multiple home visiting programs.
SUID Case Registry Program Accomplishments, 2009-2012
- Case ascertainment. Met the number of cases expected in each state.
- Data completeness. Improved data completeness and timeliness of data entry and quality assurance efforts by providing targeted technical assistance to state grantees.
- Communication and collaboration with medicolegal professionals. Improved communication with the medicolegal professionals involved in infant and child death investigation which helped meet objectives.
- Energized team reviews. Reinvigorated review teams with a sense of purpose and brought new members to review teams.
- Disseminated findings. Created opportunities for state grantee staff responsible for child death reviews to present local and state data to new audiences, including national conferences such as
- American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
- Association of Maternal Child Health Programs Annual Conference.
- Maternal-Child Health Epidemiology Meeting.
- International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Survival.
Link to Us!
SUID Fact Sheet
Learn more about SUID and CDC’s SUID Case Registry. [PDF-473.15KB]
Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry
The SDY Case registry expands the population of the SUID Case Registry from infancy through adolescence. The SDY registry includes an advanced review where cases are discussed and categorized jointly by pediatric clinical specialists (e.g., cardiologists, neurologists) and forensic pathologists. A blood sample is also collected at autopsy for future research to investigate the cause of death.
- Page last reviewed: October 22, 2015
- Page last updated: October 22, 2015
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