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11 percent of newborns admitted to intensive care: Canada

Eleven percent of Canadian live births were admitted to neonatal intensive care units or other intensive care units according to an analysis of Canadian birth data from 2006 to 2009.  Taking a more granular look at the data, nearly half of newborns in multiple births, just over half with gestational age under 37 weeks, and nearly two-thirds with birth weight under 2500 grams were admitted to special care units.  Babies born by C-section were more likely to be admitted to NICUs/intensive care units.

Why I like this article:  It’s hard to find data that can be used to predict NICU utilization; it’s based on a large-scale data set.

Source: Fallah, S., and others.  Babies admitted to NICU/ICU: province of birth and mode of delivery matterHealthcare Quarterly;14(2):16-20, 2011.  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2003, rc@aha.org

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