Stage one roll-out of Survive & Thrive 2025

Supporting a strategic, evidence-informed and integrated approach for the prevention of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy.

6/12/2019

Implementation of a risk assessment tool to support a strategic, evidence-informed and integrated approach for the prevention of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy.

We are excited to announce the stage one-roll-out in Counties Manukau Health of Survive &Thrive 2025, a web-based tool developed by Dr Christine McIntosh, translating her research into Sudden Infant Death in Infancy (SUDI) into clinical use. This tool integrates the Safe Sleep Calculator which assesses and then shows the specific SUDI protection needs for each baby. For babies at higher risk it enables referral and ongoing connection between the team of community providers who support and enable families to lower SUDI risk.

We’d like to thank Perpetual Guardian (KD Kirkby and the EM and MH Stichbury Charitable Trusts) for their continued support over the past four years, which has seen the Safe Sleep calculator progress from a concept to this exciting stage of clinical implementation in the Survive & Thrive 2025 tool. This will help to eliminate inequities in SUDI mortality and have a great impact for families with babies at higher risk who need it most.

A story from an early adopter, a social worker in the community who had been having discussions with a Mother about not sleeping baby on their tummy…

“The Mother’s response had been ‘but I’ve googled it and it’s fine’. [The social worker] printed out the risk assessment, so the Mother was able to see the risk visually – it made the difference! Baby is now sleeping on their back. The social worker said it was very powerful for her to see how much impact the Survive & Thrive 2025 result had for the Mother.”