UI researchers lead NIH team in updating online tool for preterm infant outcomes
Where an extremely preterm infant is born and how the infant is cared for play a major role in how well that infant does, according to researchers from University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “Outcomes are not just due to things that are intrinsic to the baby, but they are a combination of how the baby is and how we treat him or her,” said Dr. Matthew Rysavy, a fellow with the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine. Rysavy and a group of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have updated a widely used online tool published in 2008 to provide information for families and clinicians on outcomes for extremely premature newborns using information available at the time of birth. The revised tool, which presents both average infant outcomes and a range of outcomes observed across U.S. hospitals, is available to the public at this link. Hospital-specific outcomes for hospitals participating in the Vermont Oxford Network are available for that hospital at this link.