TABLE 4

Number of Cases Categorized as “Possible Suffocation With Unsafe Sleep Factors” or “Suffocation With Unsafe Sleep Factors” by Mechanism, SUID Case Registry, 2011 Deaths

Number of Casesa by Mechanismb
Soft BeddingOverlayWedging or EntrapmentOther2 or More
All casesc
 Possible suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 95)4917674
 Suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 54)17121235
Cases by state
 State A
  Possible suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 26)10420
  Suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 20)33113
 State B
  Possible suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 33)271422
  Suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 16)74601
 State C
  Possible suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 8)53112
  Suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 6)23201
 State D
  Possible suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 6)60000
  Suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 5)21020
 State E
  Possible suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 11)61220
  Suffocation with unsafe sleep factors (n = 6)30300
  • a Because fewer than 35 deaths were reported in NH and NM in 2011, data are not presented.

  • b Multiple mechanisms can be assigned per case, but none of the 100 cases categorized had >2 mechanisms identified. Because each case can be assigned >1 mechanism, the sum of the mechanisms is greater than the total number of cases.

  • c “All cases” includes reported cases from CO, GA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, and NM.