Quality and Outcomes Reports - Neonatology
Why we measure it - The earlier we can begin feeding infants, the sooner they gain weight and strength as well as learn important skills like sucking and swallowing.
About the data - This graph includes premature infants born weighing less than 1,500 grams (about 2 pounds) who were admitted to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin between 0-3 days of age. Patients with certain significant conditions were not included.
Related dimensions of care:
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- We are initiating a cue-based feeding program in January 2009 to improve oral feeding skills in premature infants. We are hoping that improving oral feeding will lead to a decreased length of hospital stay and cost.
- Through the Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin, we offer prenatal counseling to parents whose unborn baby is diagnosed with problems that may require surgery. This includes meetings with a perinatologist, a neonatologist and a pediatric surgeon. A tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit also is offered.
- Mothers are able to deliver at the Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center, which is located inside Children's Hospital. One of our neonatology specialists attends the delivery. Our pediatric surgeons always are available and see the baby immediately upon arrival at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Research shows outcomes improve when the delivery room and operating room are close together. This also offers families the added convenience of having mother and baby hospitalized near one another.
- Children's Hospital has five lactation consultants who are registered nurses and highly trained to help mothers and babies overcome feeding difficulties, even when infants have diagnoses that make breastfeeding difficult.
- Neonates receive speech, physical and occupational therapy while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to make sure they learn how to grab, hold, suck, swallow and eat - skills even the sickest babies need to develop normally.
- We have a certified clinical dietitian who rounds regularly as part of our NICU medical team.
Patients and families:
- Be an advocate for your child. Participate in daily bedside clinical discussions, and provide any information about your child that may be helpful to staff.
- Follow medical instructions fully and carefully before and after surgery.
- Ask questions if you don't understand the plan of care or if you are not sure how to care for your child at home.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
- Care guidelines for medical professionals
- Educational materials
- Pocket Directory
If you have questions about this information, email us or call (414) 266-6556.