Statewide - Rate of singleton term infants without birth anomalies with APGAR score < 7 at 5 minutes after birth - Quarterly Data

Category: Quality, Safety and Patient Experience » Maternity and newborn
01 January 2016 - 31 March 2018
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About this report

The numerator for this report is the number of singleton, term infants without congential anomalies with an Apgar score less than 7 at 5 minutes after birth.

The denominator is the number of singleton, term infants without congenital anomalies.

This report excludes infants born at less than 37 weeks' gestation, infants born with congenital anomalies, multiple births, stillbirths, and babies born before arrival at hospital.

Data are sourced from the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection. Data are lagged by one quarter. Results are reported quarterly using two quarters' rolling data, e.g. Quarter 1 result reports on data from the previous quarter 3 and 4 (combined).

Notes:

Results are suppressed (displayed as <0.0) when the number of singleton, term infants without congenital anomalies is less than 10 in the reporting period.

Rates should be low and consistent across peer groups for this indicator.

About Apgar scores

Singleton infants who are born at more than 37 weeks' gestation and without congential anomalies are expected to be born in good condition. The Apgar score is an assessment of a baby's wellbeing at one minute and five minutes after birth based on five physiological attributes: Colour (Appearance), heart rate (Pulse), muscle tone (Grimace), breathing (Respiration), and reflexes (Activity). The maximum score is 10.

An Apgar score less than 7 at five minutes after birth indicates a baby who requires resuscitation or additional care and may lead to poor health outcomes longer term. It may also indicate sub-optimal triaging and/or management of higher complexity pregnancies.

Target

As part of Statewide and/or National agreements, targets have been set for some key performance indicators. These annual targets are shown to enable comparative achievements to be illustrated.

Statewide - Rate of singleton term infants without birth anomalies with APGAR score < 7 at 5 minutes after birth - Quarterly Data

Apr- Jun 2017Jul - Sep 2017Oct - Dec 2017Jan - Mar 2018Apr- Jun 2018
Rate of singleton term infants without birth anomalies with AGPAR score <7 to 5 mins1.51.41.41.51.4
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Apr- Jun 2017Jul - Sep 2017Oct - Dec 2017Jan - Mar 2018Apr- Jun 2018
Rate of singleton term infants without birth anomalies with AGPAR score <7 to 5 mins1.51.41.41.51.4