Low birth weight neonate length of stay

Median length of stay in days (for babies weighing 500 to 1,500 grams at birth)

Why we measure it - We realize the importance of not having a child stay in the hospital any longer than necessary. The average time a child is in the hospital depends on many factors including the seriousness of the illness or injury. Medical therapies can have a significant impact on recovery and length of hospital stay.

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What this means - The median length of stay for babies weighing 500-1500 grams at birth has been declining at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Fox Valley NICU. Length of stay varies from year to year based on survival rates and gestational age of the baby.

About the data - This data reflects the median number of days a baby stays in the hospital before going home. 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

  • There are several developmental specialists (nurses who are certified through the Neonatal Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) available on staff who provide developmentally appropriate care plans for the smallest infants.
  • We have an inpatient case manager on site who meets with families daily to help them prepare and care for their baby after their child is discharged from the hospital.

Patient advocacy

  • 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.