Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Students Donate Hand-Made Baby Blankets to Hospital to Raise Awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Students with the SD Mines Future Health Science Professionals organization hold up their hand-made blankets donated to Rapid City Regional Hospital to support the Cover Me Purple project, which combats shaken baby syndrome.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 26, 2017) –  The SD Mines Future Health Science Professionals student organization donated 16 hand-made baby blankets to the Rapid City Regional Hospital to support the Cover Me Purple project, which combats shaken baby syndrome. With material donated by the local Wal-Mart, the students worked on the blankets every Saturday morning for three months.

The Cover Me Purple project aims to send every infant born at Rapid City Regional Hospital home swaddled in a purple blanket to remind new parents that babies are prone to crying and extremely fragile, and remind them of the dangers of shaken baby syndrome.

In this context, PURPLE is an acronym for crying that “Peaks” soon after birth, is “Unexpected,” “Resists” soothing, falsely appears to be causing “Pain,” is “Long-lasting” and occurs more during the “Evening.” This new term Period of Purple Crying was previously known as colic.

Cover Me Purple was founded by Sue Jarvis, a registered nurse working in Rapid City Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“The Future Health Science Professionals club is always looking for opportunities to reach out to the community. We wanted to contribute to the Cover Me Purple project because we believe it is important to educate new parents on crying and bring awareness to shaken baby syndrome,” said Taylor Clemmons, president of the Future Health Science Professionals. Clemmons graduated in May 2017 with a degree in applied biological sciences and a pre-med emphasis.

The Future Health Science Professionals’ purpose is the create a community of students interested in the health sciences, encourage volunteerism, help students prepare for future academic challenges and promote personal and professional growth.


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