Quality Reports - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the Fox Valley
Volume of low birth weight babies (weighing 500 to 1,500 grams at birth)
Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.
What this means - The number of patients we care for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has decreased since 2009. The number of low birth weight neonates (newborn babies) treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Fox Valley NICU also has decreased. Many factors can contribute to the number of low birth weight babies, including the number of twins and triplets born each year.
About the data - The graph reflects the number of low birth weight infants admitted to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the last four years. The data was collected in accordance with data definitions governed by Vermont Oxford Network (VON). VON is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of more than 900 NICUs around the world. Its database provides unique, reliable and confidential data about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborns.
Related dimensions of care:
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Children's has the only Level 3C Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the state, the highest level acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics, capable of caring for any newborn regardless of diagnosis.
- Our physicians attend high-risk deliveries in the Birth Center at Theda Clark Medical Center.
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.
- Ask questions if you don't understand the plan of care or if you are not sure how to care for your child.
- Attend any and all follow-up appointments.
If you have questions about this data or information, email us or call (920) 750-8975.