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Minerva Pediatrica 2019 April;71(2):196-200

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4946.18.04971-X


language: English

Sudden infant death syndrome: the role of multidisciplinary teams. Experience of the SIDS-ALTE Center of Liguria Region

Antonella PALMIERI 1 , Ezio FULCHERI 2, Paolo NOZZA 3, Paola CERIOLO 3, Chiara AIELLO 4, Alberto FERRANDO 5, Simona COSTABEL 6, Stefania MORASSO 7, Sergio CAGLIERIS 8, Francesco VENTURA 9

1 Emergency Department, SIDS-ALTE Center, G. Gaslini IRCCS Insititute, Liguria Region, Genoa, Italy; 2 Department of Pathological Anatomy, UOSD Patologia Feto-Placentare, G. Gaslini IRCCS Institute, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; 3 Department of Pathological Anatomy, SIDS-ALTE Center, G. Gaslini IRCCS Insititute, Genoa, Italy; 4 Scuola Italiana Biosistemica Università, Padua, Italy; 5 Private Practitioner, Genoa, Italy; 6 Unit of Emergency Department, G. Gaslini IRCCS Insititute, Genoa, Italy; 7 Stella In Cielo Association (Luce sulla SIDS/ALTE), Genoa, Italy; 8 Health System of Liguria, Territorial Emergency Liguria, Genoa, Italy; 9 Unit of Legal Medicine (DISSAL), SIDS-ALTE Center, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

The aim of this paper was to highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional management of SIDS for a complete approach to this tragic event. Both biomedical and psychosocial aspects are evaluated, focusing on the impact of SIDS diagnosis on the family. The paper describes the organization of our team, composed of a network of specialists involved in both prevention and management of SIDS. A protocol is proposed to improve SIDS diagnosis and management. In our team, the clinical pediatrician is the coordinator of specialists and the mediator between the family and the other specialists, thanks to his direct relationship with parents.

KEY WORDS: Sudden Infant Death - Prevention and control - Psychosocial support systems - Disease management

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