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Term: Neonatal Morbidity

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05


"The risk of death during the newborn period - the first 28 days of life." (Olds SB et al., 2004).

In Heaman et al. (2012), they developed and investigated a number of severe neonatal morbidities, including: neonatal sepsis, respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), convulsions of newborn, brachial plexus injury/palsy, persistent fetal circulation/neonatal hypertension, grade III or IV intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)/ periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), intubation, gastroschisis, omphalocele, diaphragmatic hernia, and congenital malformations of the circulatory system. See Appendix Table A.4: Table of Codes - Severe Neonatal Morbidity for a list of ICD-10-CA and CCI codes used for each of these conditions.

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  • Olds SB, London ML, Wieland PA, Davidson MR. Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Care. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc. 2004.(View)

Term used in 

  • Heaman M, Kingston D, Helewa M, Brownell M, Derksen S, Bogdanovic B, McGowan K, Bailly A. Perinatal Services and Outcomes in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] (View)

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