Antenatal Steroids

When pregnant women are at risk of delivering their babies between the 24th and 34th week of gestation, the NIH (National Institutes of Health) recommends that they receive steroids before the 32nd week. The steroids are given to reduce the risk of prenatal mortality, respiratory distress syndrome and other illness and disability in the baby.

About this measure

This measure is based on a random sample of mothers who delivered babies at the hospital. Not all mothers with newborns were tracked for this measure. Of the sampled group of patients, this is the percentage of mothers who delivered preterm babies at the hospital who had completed at least 32 weeks gestation and were given a full dose of antenatal steroids prior to delivery.  In this case a higher percentage is better and may indicate that the hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

Note: At this time, comparison data is not available for this measure. When data that compares our hospital to other hospitals becomes available, we will publish it.  In the meantime, we will publish Northwestern Memorial data only.  

In the Performance Trend chart below, the data points of zero are due to the sampling method of getting the data.  During these quarters, in the sampled group of patients, there weren't any mothers who delivered preterm babies at the hospital who had completed at least 32 weeks gestation.    

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q4
Northwestern Memorial 86
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3 2013 Q4
Northwestern Memorial 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 86
Source:University Healthsystem Consortium www.uhc.edu
Antenatal Steroids