SUIDI Reporting Form
Learn more about the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF), including its importance, the information it collects, and how to use the form.
The SUIDIRF is a voluntary tool and template for states and jurisdictions to use. In 1996, CDC released the original SUIDIRF. In 2006, CDC released a revised SUIDIRF and developed an infant death scene investigation training curriculum. In 2017, CDC worked with experts in death investigation to learn about their suggested updates for the form. In 2020 CDC released a revised version of the SUIDIRF that incorporated their suggestions.
- Standardizes data collection to help improve classification of sleep-related infant deaths.
- Assists in determining accurate cause of death by strengthening information about the circumstances of the death available before an autopsy.
- Guides investigators through the steps involved in an investigation.
- Allows investigators to document their findings easily and consistently.
- Produces information that researchers can use to recognize new risk factors for sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Infant demographics.
- Pregnancy history.
- Infant history.
- Incident scene investigation.
- Incident circumstances.
- Investigation summary.
- Investigation diagrams.
- Summary for pathologist.
- Fillable SUIDI Reporting Form – (2021 update- now printer-friendly) [PDF – 1 MB]
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form Working Group. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/sids/suidrf.htm.
- Fillable SUIDI Reporting Form (2006 version) [PDF – 869 KB]
- How to Use the SUIDI Reporting Form (2020 update) [PDF – 100 KB]
If you have any questions or comments about the reporting form, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the additional investigative forms can be used in addition to the SUIDIRF to collect important investigative information, collecting this information before an autopsy is not essential.