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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program

Protocols

Coroners are required by law to report the information pertaining to a SIDS death within 24 hours after the gross autopsy. The coroner should report the death to the health department of residence. The Coroner should also complete a Coroner Notification Card CDPH 4411 (7/07) and send it to the California SIDS Program. For more information or to request forms, please contact the California SIDS Program. ​

Autopsy and Death Scene Protocols
The following documents will assist coroners and medical examiners to determine the mode, manner and cause of death in cases where an infant dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
For more information or to request materials, please contact:
California Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
Epidemiology, Assessment and Program Development Section
1615 Capitol Ave., MS 8304
PO Box 997420
Sacramento, CA 95899-7420
(916) 650-0323
(916) 650-0308 (Fax)
Public Health Nurse Protocols
Public health nurses are required to submit the Public Health Services Report Form within 30 days of the date of the presumed SIDS death to the California SIDS Program. The Report of Contact Form is also requested along with the infant's birth and death certificates for data collection purposes. We encourage you to review the Public Health Services Reporting Tips to ensure complete and accurate documentation of SIDS services and support.
Both forms must be filled out and returned within 30 days of the infant's death to:
California Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
Attn: SIDS Program
P.O. Box 997420, MS 8304
Sacramento, CA 95899-7420
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