DAD/HMDB Newborns Born in Hospital

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Newborns Born in Hospital

Highlights for these Quick Stats are available, by fiscal year, at: https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productSeries.htm?pc=PCC226.

Metadata for the report follows the template below:

Name of Report

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Data Source(s)

Database(s) from which the data for the report of interest is derived.

Available Statistics

Figures available in the report of interest (for example, number of discharges, average length of stay).

Available Breakdowns

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Inclusions

Characteristics of records included in the data for the report of interest.

Exclusions

Characteristics of records excluded from the data for the report of interest.

Methodology

Analytical approach used to calculate the figures presented in the report of interest.

Important Notes

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Interpretation

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Contact Details

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Name of Report

Newborns Born in Hospital

Data Source(s)

  • Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
  • Hospital Morbidity Database (HMDB), CIHI
  • Fichier des hospitalisations MED-ECHO, ministère de la Sant© et des Services sociaux du Qu©bec (see Important Notes below)

Available Statistics

  • Number of newborn discharges
  • Total length of stay (days)
  • Average length of stay (days)

Available Breakdowns

  • Discharge fiscal year (1995-1996 to 2011-2012)
  • National (see Important Notes below)
  • Province/territory of facility
  • Sex (male, female)

Inclusions

  • Newborn discharges from acute care institutions in Canada
  • Newborns born in the reporting facility (see Important Notes below)
  • Records with invalid length of stay are included in the number of newborn discharges
  • Records where sex is categorized as "Other" are included in the "All" sex counts

Exclusions

  • Newborns born outside an acute care facility (see Important Notes below)
  • Stillborns
  • Cadaveric donors
  • Records with invalid length of stay are excluded from the total length of stay and average length of stay figures

Methodology

  • Number of newborn discharges-all records meeting the above inclusion criteria
  • Total length of stay-calculated by summing the length of stay for all records with a valid length of stay
  • Average length of stay-calculated by dividing total length of stay by number of discharges with a valid length of stay

Important Notes

  • Geography represents the province/territory where the hospital is located.
  • Newborn discharges from acute care institutions in a given province/territory may include non-residents of that particular province/territory or of Canada.
  • Prior to 1999-2000, Nunavut submitted its acute inpatient hospitalization data to CIHI as part of the Northwest Territories. For this reason, Nunavut is included in totals for the Northwest Territories prior to 1999-2000, and is shown separately from 1999-2000 onwards.
  • In 2002-2003, Nunavut did not submit discharge data to CIHI. As such, Canadian figures for 2002-2003 do not include Nunavut and are not comparable with figures from other fiscal years.
  • Quebec data from 2006-2007 to 2009-2010 was sourced from MED-ECHO. Prior to 2006-2007 and from 2010-2011 onwards, Quebec data was sourced from the HMDB.
  • There is some inconsistency from year to year among provinces/territories in newborn coding. In some provinces/territories, "newborns" includes those born in the reporting facility, and those born outside the reporting facility but admitted to that facility within 24 hours of birth.
    Therefore, the figures presented here include
    • All newborns born in the reporting facility; and
    • Some newborns born outside the reporting facility but admitted to that facility within 24 hours of birth.
    This will result in a slight overcount of discharges and total hospital days.

Interpretation

  • The terms "hospitalization" and "discharge" are used interchangeably in this document.
  • These statistics reflect the number of hospitalizations (or discharges), which is somewhat higher than the number of individuals hospitalized, since individuals with multiple hospitalizations during a single year would be counted more than once in the totals.

Contact Details

 

For more information about the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), please visit /CIHI-ext-portal/internet/en/document/types+of+care/hospital+care/acute+care/dad_metadata or send an email to cad@cihi.ca.

 

For more information about the Hospital Morbidity Database (HMDB), please visit /CIHI-ext-portal/internet/en/document/types+of+care/hospital+care/acute+care/HMDB_METADATA or send an email to cad@cihi.ca.

 

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All other inquiries can be sent to

 

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