What is the best way to prepare for a SIDS home visit?
The SIDS home visit requires the use of many nursing skills. Prior to the home visit it is necessary to have a good basic understanding of SIDS and the most current research. Good counseling skills, especially the ability to be an active listener and knowledge of the grieving process are also essential. The public health professional should be prepared with information about community resources such as local mental health and bereavement support services, burial and funeral assistance, and religious groups which may be needed by those impacted by the sudden loss. It is also necessary to assess one’s own personal feelings and emotional state to ensure that this does not effect the delivery of bereavement support services. There are a variety of avenues available to attain the skills and knowledge to prepare for the SIDS home visit. SIDS trainings and conferences and the California SIDS Program website provide up to date information about SIDS. A Practical Guide to the SIDS Home Visit is