Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland: Annual Report 2016

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre in association with the NICORE Group publishes Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland Annual Report 2016. This is the third Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) Annual Report, produced by the Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation (NICORE) ROI group and facilitated by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC). This report focuses on all babies born ≤1500g and/or ≤29 weeks gestation in the Republic of Ireland for the calendar year 2016.

Findings:

A total of 593 very low birth weight (VLBW) infants were born in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in 2016, of which 25 infants were less than 1500g but greater than 29 weeks gestation. In all, 250 infants were born with a birth weight less than 1000g and 182 infants were born with a gestational age less than 26 weeks 6 days. 84% of Very Low Birth Weight infants born in Ireland in 2016 survived to discharge home. Three years of data on VLBW infants born in Ireland have now been collected, for the years 2014 through to 2016. In order to draw meaningful conclusions, a national report on the aggregated data of over 1,800 VLBW infants born in Ireland in the years 2014 to 2016 is forthcoming. It is hoped that specific recommendations addressing clinical care and patient safety in the Irish context can thus be made. NPEC gratefully acknowledges the neonatal nurses, neonatologists, paediatricians and administration staff who have contributed data.

Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland Annual Report 2016

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork

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