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SUDC Insights is the official blog of the SUDC Foundation which shares and discusses issues important to the understanding and the ultimate prevention of SUDC. If you have questions or issues you would like to see addressed in SUDC Insights, please let us know at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

Laura Crandall
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Blogs: Providing Hope, Inspiration & Awareness for SUDC

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Throughout SUDC Awareness Month 2019, we have seen many ways that committed individuals educate and make visible the public health issues of SUDC. The launch of our Foundation blog, SUDC Insights, this month, in fact, has been inspired by the eloquent words of those touched by SUDC who have used blogging as a window into their grief, hope and survival. Sharing their experiences with such eloquence, vulnerability and honesty educates the reader in profound ways.

Understanding the Incidence of Sudden Unexplained Death In Child (SUDC)

Understanding the incidence (aka frequency) is dependent on accurate surveillance. However, due to the variations in death investigation practices across the United States and in other countries, we are limited in our ability to understand the true magnitude of SUDC. At this time, we have accurate surveillance of deaths finalized without explanation, but we can not estimate the number of deaths that are finalized with a specific cause of death that may be highly speculative or inaccurate. 

Table 1. R96-99 By Age of 1-18yo, 1999-2017 (Unexplained Sudden Child Deaths and Undetermined Deaths)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999-2017 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2018. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2017, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/mcd-icd10.html on Feb 13, 2019 7:05:28 PM 

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