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Prevention Through UnderstandingUpon completion of this course, you will receive credit for the training requirements mandated by the State of Tennessee in response to the Sudden Unexplained Child Death Act.

The Sudden Unexplained Child Death Act, signed into law in May 2001 and amended in April 2002, states that all emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and law enforcement officers must receive training on the handling of cases of sudden, unexplained infant death as part of their basic and continuing training requirements (Tenn. Code Ann. § 68-1-1102, 2001 and supp. 2002).

SUIDI BookletThe purpose of this course is to provide uniform guidelines for the death scene investigators to facilitate a properly documented and effective investigation.

Project funding was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, under contract #200-2005-13514.

The course material was developed by:

  • Randy L. Hanzlick, MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Fulton County Medical Examiners Office, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Jeffrey M. Jentzen, MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Steven C. Clark, PhD, Director of Research and Development, National Association of Medial Examiners Education Consultant, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Project Manager: Terry W. Davis, EdD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The information provided herein is intended as a guide to recommended practices for investigating infant deaths and reporting scene data to the pathologist. it is not intended to take the place of existing laws or regulations.