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Children - Neonatal ICU Care (Vermont Oxford Network)


The Vermont Oxford Network quality indicators in this section apply only to babies requiring care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Intensive care of newborns occurs at Kosair Children's Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital . The Vermont Oxford Network is a voluntary collaboration of over 900 Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the world. In the statistics below, a score of 1.00 is exactly average, and lower numbers represent better performance. These statistics are for NICU babies born in 2011, the most recent year of data available from the Network.

Technical notes. This section displays standardized ratios, which are calculated as the hospital’s actual rate divided by the rate expected for average performance with the complexity of patients in the NICU. The Vermont Oxford Network uses multivariate statistical models to estimate the "expected" number, and adjusts the ratios to take variability and number of cases into account.

Neonatal ICU - standardized ratio of patients who died in the hospital, risk-adj
risk-adjusted shrunken standardized ratio of patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) who died in the hospital during the reporting period.(Vermont Oxford) This indicator is designed to monitor whether a NICU patient died. all birthweights low       1.68 0.64      
Neonatal ICU - standardized ratio of babies born 7 or more weeks prematurely receiving supplemental oxygen near term, risk-adj
risk-adjusted shrunken standardized ratio of babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with a rounded gestational age of 32 weeks or less who required supplemental oxygen at adjusted gestational age of 36 weeks, who were born during the reporting period. Supplemental O2 need at 36 weeks or later is considered an indicator of possible chronic lung disease. Chronic lung disease is a condition in which damaged tissue in a baby's lungs causes breathing and health problems.(Vermont Oxford) all birthweights low       1.95 0.75      
Neonatal ICU - standardized ratio of patients with coagulase negative staphylococcus infection, risk-adj
risk-adjusted shrunken standardized ratio of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients with a blood culture or spinal fluid culture positive for coagulase negative staphylococcus after day 3 of life, who were born during the reporting period. Coagulase negative staphylococcus is a bacterial pathogen that is often acquired in the hospital. all birthweights low       1.27 1.73      
Neonatal ICU - standardized ratio of patients with late bacterial infection, risk-adj
risk-adjusted shrunken standardized ratio of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients with a positive bacterial blood culture or spinal fluid culture after day 3 of life, who were born during the reporting period.all birthweights low       1.09 0.62      
Neonatal ICU - standardized ratio of patients with necrotizing enterocolitis, risk-adj
risk-adjusted shrunken standardized ratio of patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), who were born during the reporting period. NEC is a gastrointestinal disease that mostly affects premature infants. It involves infection and inflammation that causes destruction of the bowel (intestine) or part of the bowel. all birthweights low       1.10 0.66      
Neonatal ICU - standardized ratio of patients with pneumothorax, risk-adj
risk-adjusted shrunken standardized ratio of patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) who had extrapleural air (air outside the lungs) diagnosed by chest radiograph (X-ray) or needle aspiration (thoracentesis - a procedure to remove fluid or air from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs [pleura] and the wall of the chest), who were born during the reporting period. .all birthweights low       1.16 0.91      


If you want to see more specific information on Norton Healthcare's Neonatal Intensive Care services, please click here . It will show the birth-weight adjusted rates (%) of all indicators we monitored. Typically, babies with a low birthweight are more prone to complications compared to babies of normal birthweight. NHC rates are showing the combined rates for Kosair Children's Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital.

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