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Table 1 Characteristics of the 19 maternity hospitals located in Northeast Brazil capitals and included in the study in 2007

From: Perinatal factors associated with early neonatal deaths in very low birth weight preterm infants in Northeast Brazil

  HOSPITALS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
ICU exclusive for neonates + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
24-hour laboratory + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Micromethods for blood exams + + -- + -- + + + + + -- + + -- + + -- + +
Blood gas analysis in the NICU + + + + -- + + + + + + + + -- + + + + +
Bedside X-ray + + + + -- + + + + + + + + -- + + + + +
Bedside ultrasonography -- -- -- -- -- + -- + + + -- -- -- -- + -- + + --
Bedside echocardiography + -- -- + -- + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Parenteral nutrition available + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Milk bank + + -- + -- + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Reference for high-risk gestation -- + -- + + + + + -- + + + + + + + + + +
Accredited as a safe maternity* + + -- + + + + -- -- + + + -- + -- + + -- --
Pediatricians in the delivery room + + -- + + + + + + + + + + + + + -- + +
Written guidelines for antenatal steroids + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + -- + -- --
Bioethical committee + + + + + + + + -- + + + + + + + + + --
Hospital infection control committee + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Maternal & neonatal deaths committee + + -- + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + --
Medical residence in Obstetrics + + -- + + + + + -- + + + + + + -- + + +
Medical residence in Pediatrics + + + -- -- + + + -- + -- + + + + -- + + +
Regular clinical staff meetings -- -- -- + + + + + -- + -- + + + + + + -- +
Neonatal resuscitation training -- + + + + + + + + + -- + + + + + + + +
Professional qualification training -- + -- + + + -- -- + + -- + + + + + + -- +
Neonatal humanized care training -- + + + + + + -- + + -- + + + + + -- -- +
Weighted score (%)** 71.8 68.2 37.5 87.7 54.2 100 68.2 67.5 56.9 80.8 48.0 72.6 67.8 61.7 76.0 61.3 69.2 59.5 57.4
Hospital level L1 L1 L2 L1 L2 L1 L1 L1 L2 L1 L2 L1 L1 L1 L1 L1 L1 L2 L2
  1. *Accreditation attributed by the Brazilian Ministry of Health; **percentage of present variables for each hospital, according to the weighted score; Level 1 or 2 maternity according to the weighted score, being Level 1 those with better infra-structure.