Clinical severity scores in neonates

  • M. Orzalesi
  • A. Dotta
  • G. Seganti
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


Neonatal morbidity and mortality rates may vary greatly among countries and, within the same country, among different centers. Such rates are often utilized as indicators of the quality of care. However, they are also influenced by other variables and/or risk factors unrelated to the type of treatment. It is well known that some biological variables (such as birth weight, BW, gestational age, GA, sex, etc.) and/or socio-economic variables (such as social class, annual income, parental education, etc.) may exert a strong influence on the short- and/or the long-term prognosis of newly born infants [1, 2]. The variability of the abovementioned factors and the differences in type and severity of the disease states make the newborn infant a very heterogeneous patient. Such heterogeneity persists even when considering apparently “homogeneous” groups of babies, such as those defined as very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (i.e. with a BW ≤ 1500 g and/or a GA ≤32 weeks).


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Neonatal Mortality Neonatal Jaundice Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System Clinical Severity Score 
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  • M. Orzalesi
  • A. Dotta
  • G. Seganti

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