Yearly number of VLBW babies admitted to the NICU

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we track the number of very low birth weight (VLBW) babies cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) each year.  Hospitals that care for large numbers of sick babies may be more experienced and better equipped to provide quality healthcare to infants. Studies have shown that mortality among very low birth weight infants is lowest for deliveries that occur in hospitals with NICUs that have both a high level of care and a high volume of such patients.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of very low birth weight (VLBW) babies we admitted to and treated in the NICU each year.  

Most Recent Available Data (Number)
Northwestern Memorial 176
Performance Trend (Number)
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Q4 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 170 157 152 178 199 145 176
Source:Vermont Oxford Network 2007 Very Low Birth Weight Database Summary. Horbar JD, Carpenter JH, editors. Vermont Oxford Network. Burlington, Vermont. 2008.
Yearly number of very low birth weight (VLBW) babies admitted to NICU