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Safe Home, Safe Baby

Safe Home Safe Baby logoKern Medical has launched a Safe Sleeping Program to decrease the number of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) in Kern County. The program was created in partnership with the County of Kern and Public Health, after the Child Death Review panel presented alarming results in their yearly report. Last year alone, 17 babies lost their lives due to SUIDs, most due to unsafe sleeping conditions. Since nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented with a safe sleeping environment, Kern Medical is determined to bring awareness to SUIDs and provide the resources needed for families.

As the local safety net hospital, Kern Medical has the unique opportunity to care for the most vulnerable in our community. Community-wide education is at the center of the safe sleeping program. The Small Wonders Birth Center and the Kern Medical Education Classes provide lifesaving instruction on proper safe sleeping practices. In addition, a crib is provided for a families that do not have the means to purchase one on their own.

Kern Medical recently received $30,000 from First 5 Kern to expand the program throughout all of Kern County. This generous gift will ensure that more than 500 newborns in our community have a safe sleeping environment. The funding will also be used to further expand the awareness of the program to our community partners located throughout Kern County.

Stay in the Game

Woman running on road.Stay in the Game is a comprehensive program tailored to ensure the safety and wellness of all our local student athletes. The program has three parts: student athlete physicals, physicians on the sidelines and education for coaches and parents. By having a physical prior to participating in sports, physicians’ can rule out medical conditions that can be dangerous when undetected. Since the program launched, the Kern Medical team has identified conditions in several students that may have been dangerous, such as heart murmurs, and were able to fast track any care necessary.

Chronic Disease Management

Female patient talking to female health professional in office.Chronic Disease Management educational classes are aimed at helping provide tools and resources to better manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd).

Stop the Bleedperson on bicycle

Stop the Bleed provides education so the community can be trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before health care professionals arrive.