The Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry is a statewide database that tracks all sleep-related deaths in each of the 83 counties in Michigan and contains comprehensive information about the circumstances associated with the infants’ death, as well as information about the case investigation. The SUID Case Registry is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was developed to aid states in local and statewide prevention efforts. Michigan’s data is generated from the local Child Death Review (CDR) teams.  Data from various sources are used in the case reviews to identify the events and situations surrounding the death. Following the review, the local CDR teams work with the state level CDR program to enter their findings into the SUID Case Registry database. The SUID Case Registry database is housed within the Center for Child and Family Health at the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) in Okemos, Michigan.

Sleep-related infant deaths in Michigan are defined as the death of infants less than 1 year of age that occur suddenly and unexpectedly, including:

  • Suffocation/Positional Asphyxia
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Undetermined/Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) 
  • Other causes wherein the sleep environment was likely to have contributed to the death.

For more information, please contact Katie Hubbard, Project Coordinator.