Table 3.

Suffocation Patterns Associated With Three Sleeping Locations by Decade (Age ≤11 Months)

PatternTotalCribAdult BedSofa/Chair
1980s (N = 377)1990s (N = 608)1980s (N = 192)1990s (N = 107)1980s (N = 152)1990s (N = 391)1980s (N = 33)1990s (N = 110)
Entrap/wedge64.7% (244)46.5% (283)75.0% (144)59.8% (64)58.6% (89)48.1% (188)33.3% (11)28.2% (31)
Overlying2.9% (11)16.9% (103)0.5% (1)4.6% (7)17.9% (70)9.1% (3)30.0% (33)
Bedding3.7% (14)9.0% (55)2.6% (5)22.4% (24)5.3% (8)5.9% (23)3.0% (1)7.3% (8)
Plastic6.4% (24)4.6% (28)5.2% (10)3.7% (4)8.6% (13)5.9% (23)3.0% (1)0.9% (1)
Other11.4% (43)4.4% (27)3.1% (6)1.9% (2)17.7% (27)5.4% (21)30.3% (10)3.6% (4)
Strangulation4.0% (15)1.6% (10)6.8% (13)7.5% (8)1.3% (2)0.5% (2)
Nonspecific6.9% (26)16.8% (102)6.8% (13)4.7% (5)3.9% (6)16.4% (64)21.2% (7)30.0% (33)
  • –indicates no deaths reported.