SUDC Foundation Publishes First-of-Its-Kind Book

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  1. The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation released a first-of-its-kind book, Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification and Family Needs, in collaboration with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This groundbreaking publication establishes the first-ever national consensus guidelines in the U.S. to fill crucial needs to determine why unexplained pediatric deaths happen and support families after the tragedy.

“This book draws on the experience and insight of dozens of experts from around the country,” said Tracey Corey, MD, Associate Medical Examiner for Florida Districts 5 & 24 and one of the editors of the book. “Each guideline was developed based on extensive research, historical context, and sound rationale. Implementing them will advance the way we investigate these deaths, arming us with a system that will help us better determine why these deaths happen and support those we serve.”

The current global pandemic underscores the challenges facing the death investigation system in the U.S. Greater support must be provided for adequate training, staffing, facilities, equipment, and supplies to perform autopsies.

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