Last week, the BC Coroners Service Death Review Panel Report Examining Deaths Among Infants was released. Each year, approximately 23 infants under the age of one year die unexpectedly during sleep. This death review panel identified three key areas to reduce the number of these sleep-related sudden infant deaths: the need for additional support from trained providers (e.g., public health nurses) for expectant women and families with infants; continued, consistent, universally accessible messaging related to infant sleep practices; and a provincial approach to the review of infant deaths including expanded investigative protocols.
The review of 141 sleep-related sudden infant deaths between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2018,
found that infants continue to die under the same circumstances as identified by a death review
panel examining deaths occurring between 2008-2012.