Program aims to reduce infant deaths

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA) has implemented the Direct on the Scene Education (DOSE) program to reduce the number of infant deaths in Fort Wayne. The program provides training and tools and educate families on safe sleep practices for infants and prevent accidental deaths.

Unsafe sleep environments increase the risk of suffocation, one of the leading causes of infant deaths in Indiana. To prevent accidental infant deaths, TRAA paramedics and EMTs look for unsafe sleep practices while on emergency and non-emergency 911 calls in Fort Wayne, according to a press release from TRAA.

After assessing the baby’s sleep environment and addressing risks, TRAA provides a safe sleep kit that contains a safe sleep book, sleep sack (safer alternative to a baby blanket) and informational pamphlet explaining safe sleep practices to the parents or caregivers.

For more information about the program, visit TRAA.