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SUDC Insights

SUDC Insights is the official blog of the SUDC Foundation which shares and discusses issues important to the understanding and the ultimate prevention of SUDC. If you have questions or issues you would like to see addressed in SUDC Insights, please let us know at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

Understanding the Incidence of Sudden Unexplained Death In Child (SUDC)

Understanding the incidence (aka frequency) is dependent on accurate surveillance. However, due to the variations in death investigation practices across the United States and in other countries, we are limited in our ability to understand the true magnitude of SUDC. At this time, we have accurate surveillance of deaths finalized without explanation, but we can not estimate the number of deaths that finalized with a specific cause of death that is highly speculative and maybe inaccurate. 

Table 1. R96-99 By Age of 1-18yo, 1999-2017 (Unexplained Sudden Child Deaths and Undetermined Deaths)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999-2017 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2018. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2017, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/mcd-icd10.html on Feb 13, 2019 7:05:28 PM 

The Story of SUDC

One of the most common questions when people first hear the term SUDC is “What is that?”  The second usually is “Is this something new?”

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy. A medical examiner or coroner could rule a child’s death SUDC when s/he completes a thorough evaluation and finds no other cause of death.

Welcome to SUDC Insights!

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March is a busy month at the SUDC Foundation – honoring SUDC Awareness Month and launching SUDC Insights, the new blog of the SUDC Foundation! SUDC Insights will provide an outlet to provide in-depth and more current, accurate information on SUDC and the work of the SUDC Foundation. We will provide "insight" into promoting awareness, advocating for research, supporting those affected and striving for a world free of SUDC.

If you have questions or something you'd like "insight" into, please contact us at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

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