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UPDATED ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, THE PRACTICE OF “VAPING,” “JUULING” AND USE OF OTHER ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR ENDS

Direct On Scene Education (D.O.S.E.) Program

Lt. James Carroll of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Fire and Rescue Department - in conjunction with The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward, Inc. - created the Direct On Scene Education Program for first responders out of concern for the growing number of sleep-related deaths reported in Broward County., FL. Since its inception in 2012, D.O.S.E. has become a model program that has been adopted by several agencies across the country, including the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH).

 

When responding to an emergency or non-emergency call from a household with a pregnant woman or infant, first responders are trained to look for possible unsafe sleep conditions and offer the residence a safe sleep kit with information on the ABCs of Safe Sleep. The kits are assembled and provided by TDH staff. All participating first responder agencies also receive a limited number of cribs from TDH to distribute to families that cannot afford one on their own.