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Analysing the major outcomes for babies born less than 31 weeks gestation within a neonatal network – the benefits of a unified neonatal data system
  1. S Thomas1,
  2. M Passant2,
  3. S V Rasiah2,3
  1. 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Southern West Midlands Newborn Network, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Birmingham Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK

Abstract

Introduction The Badger Neonatal.Net system was launched in our network on the first of April 2009. Prior to this the respective units in the network were using different IT systems. It was a major challenge to extract information readily for data analysis.

Aim To analyse the major outcomes of babies born less than 31 weeks gestation using the data from Badger Neonatal.Net.

Methods We extracted the required data solely from the Badger Neonatal.Net system to analyse the outcomes of all babies less than 31 weeks gestation in the last financial year (1 April 2009–31 March 2010).

Results A total of 437 babies less than 31 weeks gestation were admitted to the neonatal units within our network in the last financial year. Their overall outcomes are shown in the table 1.

Abstract PA.11 Table 1

Incidence of CLD, NEC, mortality and survival for the respective gestational age groups

Conclusion The Badger Neonatal.Net system has revolutionised the way we can extract and analyse data within our network. In the future, this will help us to monitor trends in the outcomes of our babies. Our aim is to use the system to audit and improve the quality of care. The main limitation of the system is that the data quality is dependent on the information that is entered in the first place.

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