Child Death Review Team Issues Report
updated: Feb 14, 2014, 11:22 AM
Source: Public Health Department
The Child Death Review Team has issued a report of child deaths in Santa Barbara County for July 2009
through June 2012. The report reflects the deaths of children under 18 years of age and recommendations
to prevent future deaths.
The Child Death Review Team is a county-wide interagency team established in concert with Penal Code
Section 1174.32. Child Death Review Teams identify and review suspicious child deaths and facilitate
communication among persons involved in child abuse and neglect cases. Teams also provide information
about child deaths to the state for integration of information about how to prevent child deaths at the state
"The death of a child, of any age and any circumstance is a tragedy," noted Dr. Takashi Wada, Director of
the Department of Public Health and Health Officer. "It is incumbent upon all of us to identify what is
preventable and take steps to prevent future deaths."
In Santa Barbara County deaths to children under 18 years of age ranged between 31-44 deaths per fiscal
year (July-June) from 2009-2012:
The majority of child deaths were due to medical conditions or unpreventable disease.
In fiscal year 2009 - 2010, 75.7% (28/37) of all deaths were due to medical conditions.
In fiscal year 2010 - 2011, 68.2% (30/44) of all deaths were due to medical conditions.
In fiscal year 2011 - 2012, 77.4% (24/31) of all deaths were due to medical conditions.
Over the three years, 28 of the deaths due to medical conditions for children under the age of 1, were
due in some part to prematurity.
Accidents encompassed a variety of accidents such as motor vehicle accidents, drowning, and
accidental drug overdose.
Parents co-sleeping with young children or maternal overlying are factors in some accidents and
undetermined deaths. This finding has guided the Child Death Review Team in Santa Barbara County to
focus on education in our community about the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and
risks associated with co-sleeping.
The Child Death Review Team will continue to review child deaths. The team remains committed to
addressing barriers and learning from child deaths to prevent future deaths of children in our community.
For a copy of the full report, please see our website: www.sbcphd.org .
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