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Wednesday, November 9 2011

Learn more about shaken baby syndrome and the SBS prevention initiative

Did you know?

  • 90% of SBS/ITBI victims are less than 12 months old.
  • Most victims suffer brain injury (subdural hematoma, cerebral edema, etc.).
  • 85% of cases suffer retinal hemorrhaging.
  • With or without rib, metaphyseal, skull and other forms of fractures.
  • External injuries are rare.
  • Highest mortality rate of TBI (1 in every 5 deaths).
  • Highest morbidity rate of TBI (75% of cases suffer permanent damage).
  • 70% of perpetrators are men; 30% are women
  • Why? Most often to stop the baby from crying.

Prevention Initiative

In 2002, the CHU Sainte-Justine reaffirmed its child abuse prevention mission by officially declaring that it has made the prevention of shaken baby syndrome one of its health promotion priorities. This wide-reaching prevention initiative has enabled the development of several clinical, training, research and management projects, some of which include:

  • Development, implementation, and assessment of a perinatal program for the prevention of SBS for parents of newborns. The CHUSJ was the first hospital centre in Canada to implement the PPPSBS in all of its mother-child care units. The Pierre-LeGardeur Hospital and St-Mary’s Hospital immediately began collaborating in assessments and research; these centres have been using the PPPSBS program since 2005.
  • Development and distribution of a training package on CD-ROM for professionals.
  • Creation of a unique prevention tool: the anger meter (thermomètre de la colère©) and other relative materials.
  • Organization and delivery of training sessions to professionals of all disciplines.

Provincial tour across Quebec for the implementation of the PPPSBS program

This initiative consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1: Hospital centres
    Extend the PPPSBS program to all hospital centres across Quebec
  • Phase 2 : CSSS–CLSC
    Maintain the program externally using the anger meter
  • Phase 3 : Vulnerable population groups, special projects in emergency units, outpatient clinics, DYP, etc.

The MSSS has integrated the PPPSBS program (Phase 1) as part of Quebec’s perinatal policy implementation plan. As a result, the CHUSJ is currently touring the province (2011-2012) to implement the PPPSBS program in all hospital centres and birthing centres across Quebec.

Over 2 000 perinatal care nurses working in hospital centres will receive training; these nurses have the potential to provide prevention training to 90 000 families each year (equivalent to the number of annual births in Quebec).

Several regions have already introduced the program: Saguenay, Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent, and Outaouais, and very soon the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.

Many thanks to everyone involved in this important initiative, which will help put an end to SBS and save lives.

See also

Clinique : Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Clinic


PPPSBS: Perinatal Program for the Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome
SBS: Shaken Baby Syndrome
TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury
SBS/ITBI: Shaken Baby Syndrome/Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury

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