SUIDI Training Resources

Colorado Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation Training

With support from CDC, this training was designed to provide the tools and best practices with which death scene investigators, coroners, medical examiners, and law enforcement officers can investigate and learn from each SUID death to improve the health and safety of families and children.

CDC collaborated with a number of organizations and subject matter experts to create the following training materials for the investigation of infant (less than 1 year old) deaths intended for investigators and instructors:

For Investigators

Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation: A Systematic Training Program for the Professional Infant Death Investigation Specialist

This training manual teaches death scene investigators how to conduct a comprehensive infant death scene investigation. Investigators learn how to conduct witness interviews and doll reenactment, and to develop a narrative report for the forensic pathologist. This training gives investigators the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) during and after the scene investigation. The manual was used during the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation National Training Academies.

SUIDI Guidelines for the Scene Investigator

The Infant Death Investigation: Guidelines for the Scene Investigator [PDF – 459 KB] helps investigators conduct an infant death investigation using recommended practices and demonstrates how to report scene information to the pathologist conducting the autopsy.

These guidelines also include the “SUIDI Top 25”, which highlights the 25 critical scene/case issues forensic pathologists need from the investigator to determine cause and manner of death. It is not intended to take the place of existing laws or regulations.

Guidelines for the Scene Investigator has been endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association, the National Association of Medical Examiners, the International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

SUIDI Curriculum Guide

For Instructors

Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation: Curriculum Guide [PDF – 698 KB]

The curriculum guide provides teaching and evaluation techniques for instructors who train investigators to conduct infant death investigations.

National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention Child Death Scene Investigation Learning Series

This 10-module learning series provides an overview of diverse aspects of child death scene investigation (DSI) for diverse professionals whose work intersects with DSI. Includes a module on CDC’s SUIDIRF.