Babies in the NICU are at risk for certain brain injuries.
Infants born very early are at risk for bleeding in the brain, called severe intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH).
The NICU is developing guidelines to make sure the smallest infants at risk of bleeding are cared for in the safest way possible. The NICU also uses a medication that has been shown to reduce bleeding in the brain in those at highest risk.
Severe intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) among babies weighing less than 3.3 pounds admitted to the NICU at UVA Children’s Hospital.
A lower number is better.
The national average for severe intraventricular hemorrhage for infants weighing between 1.1 and 3.3 pounds was 6.1% between 2000 and 2009 among North American hospitals in the Vermont Oxford Network. This is the most recent data available for this metric. Source: Horbar et al. Pediatrics 2012; 129:1019.
Measured on an annual (one-year) basis.