Background The Badger electronic system collects data in a standardized manner and allows us to audit the major outcomes of the babies managed within the network.
Aim To analyse the major outcomes of babies born less than 31 weeks gestation.
Methods We extracted the data solely from the Badger system to analyze the outcomes of all babies less than 31 weeks gestation in the last 2 financial years (01/04/09 to 31/03/11).
Results A total of 860 babies less than 31 weeks gestation were admitted to the neonatal units in SWMNN in the last 2 financial years.
Conclusion The Badger system has tremendously improved our ability to monitor trends in the major outcome of premature babies in SWMNN. This will help in improving the quality of care and resource allocation. The major limitation of such a system is that the quality of the data is dependent on the information entered in the first place. Therefore, we need to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data entered.