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Safer Sleep for Newborns with Sleep Sacks

In almost every newborn baby picture taken in a hospital, the baby is wrapped in a familiar white flannel blanket with a blue-and-pink stripe.

You won’t find babies swaddled in those blankets at Lexington Medical Center. Through the support of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the hospital has switched its standard blankets for HALO® SleepSacks to promote safer sleep for infants.

sleep-sackInfant sleep sacks, with fabric flaps that close securely and swaddle a baby’s arms to the body, are meant to make swaddling safer and easier. They help babies feel more secure and allow them to move their legs freely without the danger of loose fabric around their heads.

The change to sleep sacks at Lexington Medical Center is intended to help reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

“SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age, with most deaths occurring between the ages of 1 and 4 months, said Lauren Matthews, MD, a pediatrician at Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “Approximately 2,500 infants die each year in the United States from SIDS. As the name implies, it is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant less than 1 year of age,” she said.

Lauren Matthews, MD

Lauren Matthews, MD

After the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first recommended that babies be placed on their backs for the safest sleeping, SIDS rates declined dramatically – by more than 50 percent. In 2011, the AAP expanded its recommendation to include specific descriptions of an ideal sleep environment.

According to Dr. Matthews, infants should be put to sleep on a firm mattress without extra blankets, pillows or stuffed animals. Sleep sacks allow for warmth, swaddling and containment without the need for extra bedding in the crib.

“We know that parents are influenced not only by what they are told, but what they observe from caregivers in the hospital. Using sleep sacks in the hospital allows nurses and other medical professionals the opportunity to educate caregivers on the importance of safe sleep and model a safe-sleep environment. Education to reduce modifiable risk factors for SIDS is the most effective intervention currently available,” said Dr. Matthews.

Through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, the hospital is able to provide free HALO SleepSacks for parents to take home, as well as provide them for hospital use.

In addition to using sleep sacks and placing infants on their backs for sleep, the AAP recommends parents avoid loose bedding, bumper pads and soft toys in cribs, which are linked to sudden unexpected infant death syndrome, or SUIDS. The organization also warns parents not to share a bed with their infants, especially at ages younger than 3 months, and not to use “co-sleeping” cribs, which have one open side pushed against the parent’s bed. Instead, parents should share a room — which studies have shown can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

Ring in 2017 in Style At Our New Year’s Eve Gala

Are you looking for a fancy party to attend on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2017 with style? The Lexington Medical Center Foundation and Women of Hope will host the first New Year’s Eve Gala on Saturday, December 31 at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center in downtown Columbia. This premiere, black tie event will give the community an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. And it benefits a great cause. Proceeds will fund the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s “Campaign for Clarity,” which is working toward providing 3-D mammography throughout Lexington Medical Center’s network of care.

The gala kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with guests enjoying a glass of champagne as they enter the party. Guests will enjoy a delicious variety of gourmet food and open bar and specialty drinks. Entertainment will include live music by The O’Kaysions, a local magician and a photo corner boutique. And, guests will have the opportunity to win premiere items such as women’s fine jewelry as well as vacation getaways with luxury accommodations.

galaAt midnight, guests will welcome the new year with a champagne toast and the party will continue until 1:00 a.m. The evening will end with hamburger sliders, French fries and milk shakes.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic evening welcoming 2017 and paving the way for 3-D Mammography to be available throughout Lexington Medical Center’s network of care,” said Amy Lanier, executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “We are inspired by the generous support to date. Until we can find a cure for breast cancer, we will focus on providing the best technology to the people of our community.”

3-D mammography creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

new-yearLexington Medical Center currently offers 3-D mammography at its Women’s Imaging location on the hospital campus in West Columbia and the Northeast Columbia location of Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Women of Hope members work together to benefit the health and wellness of women throughout our community. Open to all women in the Midlands, Women of Hope hosts special events and networking opportunities to raise awareness of critical health issues affecting women and their families.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.wohnewyearsevegala.com. This site will then direct guests to the block of rooms available at the Hilton Columbia Center, Hampton Inn – Vista, and Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown. If you have questions, call (803) 791-2540 or email the Foundation at LMCFoundation@lexhealth.org. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals are also available. All contributions are tax deductible.

Rock Out for Pink Out

Thank you to Chapin’s Spring Hill High School students who raised more than $4,000 on Friday for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s breast cancer programs by selling t-shirts and collecting donations in their “Rock Out for Pink Out” fundraiser.

We were pleased to have Dr. Samantha Morton of Carolina Women’s Physicians and Barbara Willm of the Foundation there today to express our gratitude. Way to go!

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The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides many services for women with breast cancer including providing wigs, prosthetics and mastectomy bras as well as wellness workouts, medication and financial assistance. By providing a variety of programs, patients can focus on healing. Visit LMCFoundation.com