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Perinatal Care

Perinatal care measures  are nationally endorsed measures that ensure that new mothers and newborns receive high quality care.

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Data reflects current CMS Hospital Compare website, which shows data collected 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2015.

 


Perinatal Care

LGH State National

Antenatal Steroids

It is recommended that women who are at risk for preterm delivery receive a full course of steroids between 24 – 32 weeks of pregnancy. Evidence has shown that steroids will reduce respiratory problems and other diseases in newborns who are born too early. This measure shows the percentage of patients who received a full course of steroids between 24-34 weeks of pregnancy. A higher percentage is better.
94.2% % 100%

Cesarean Section

The rate of Cesarean births has increased dramatically over the past 15 years, with no evidence that higher rates improve outcomes for mother and baby. This measure shows the percentage of Cesarean births among women who are having their first child with the baby in the vertex (or head down) position. A lower percentage is better.
25% % 16.1%

Elective Delivery

Elective vaginal deliveries and Cesarean sections are deliveries that occur at less than 39 weeks without a medical reason. Elective deliveries can cause feeding and breathing problems in newborns which may lead to admission in a neonatal intensive care unit. Elective inductions also result in more Cesarean deliveries and a longer hospital stay for patients. This measure shows the percentage of patients who have an elective vaginal or Cesarean delivery prior to 39 weeks without a medical reason. A lower percentage is better.
3.3% 2% 3%

Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding

Breast milk is the ideal food for healthy growth and development in infants. Evidence has shown that breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of an infant’s life has many benefits for both the infant and the mother. This measure shows the percentage of newborns who were exclusively fed breast milk during their hospitalization. A higher percentage is better.
62.4% % 76.8%

Healthcare-associated Bloodstream Infections in Newborns

A bloodstream infection is a significant problem for newborns admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Very low birth weight newborns are at high-risk for these infections because of their immature immune system and need for central lines that deliver medications and fluids. This measure shows the percentage of newborns who developed a bloodstream infection during their hospitalization. A lower percentage is better.
1.5% % 0%
 
 





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