Late sepsis

Late sepsis (all infants)

Why we measure it - Late sepsis is a blood infection that occurs when a baby is older than 3 days. It is most common in premature and low birth-weight neonates (newborn babies) due to the immaturity of their immune system. The percentage of babies who develop late infection can be an important indicator of patient safety procedures and quality of medical care.


What this means - Since 2009, the percent of infants with late sepsis has decreased and remained steady for the last two years. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Fox Valley NICU consistently has few babies that suffer from late sepsis (infection), which demonstrates excellent care and results in better overall outcomes.

About the data - This graph shows the percentage of babies who developed late sepsis. 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.

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How we provide the best care

  • We provide a hand-washing station for all visitors at the entrance of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • We restrict visitors with cold or other respiratory symptoms. 
  • Our caregivers wash their hands before caring for every patient. 
  • We provide hand sanitizer near every patient bed. 
  • We practice Institute for Healthcare Improvement approved bundles of care that prevent line and ventilator infections.

Patient safety and infection prevention

  • During viral season, typically from November through April, we have an infection control visitation policy to help prevent the spread of germs. During this time, no child younger than 2 years old can visit the NICU, with the exception of siblings. Also, all visitors between 2 and 12 years of age must wear a mask when in the NICU.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before visiting your child and frequently during your visit. 
  • If any family member has a runny nose, cough, fever, diarrhea, rash or other infectious disease, please do not allow that person to visit the hospital. 
  • If any family member has been exposed to chicken pox within the past 21 days and never had it before, please do not allow them to visit. 
  • Be sure all children visiting are well and up to date on their immunizations.