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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.

Not all comparison data is available for this measure.  When data that compares our hospital to other hospitals becomes available, we will publish it. 

In the chart above, if the data point is zero, it is due to the sampling method of getting the data.  It means that 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.

The source of data is Vizient.  The source of benchmark data is The Joint Commission.