Measuring the Quality of Care at the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The quality of care given to babies and their families at the Ahmanson Pediatric Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is continually monitored and reported. Committed to continually improving the care given to NICU patients, Cedars-Sinai compares its data to those reported to the Vermont Oxford Network, an organization of more than 850 neonatal intensive care units, mostly in the United States.

Specific measures that are monitored include:

  • The percentage of NICU babies who survive past their first 28 days.
  • The percentage of very low birth weight babies who need continuous supplemental oxygen.
  • The percentage of very low birth weight babies who have severe bleeding in the brain.
  • The percentage of very low birth weight babies who develop many small cysts in the brain.
  •  The percentage of very low birth weight babies who develop infections in the hospital.
  • The percentage of very low birth weight babies who fail an initial hearing screening.

In addition to clinical outcomes, Cedars-Sinai also measures parent satisfaction with the care received in the NICU and how willing they would be to recommend the NICU to others.

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