TABLE 3

Distribution of Sepsis Risk Estimates at Birth in the Post-SRC Period

Sepsis Risk Estimate at BirthInfants,an (%)Admitted to NICU, n (% in Risk Category)Empirical Antibiotics, n (% in Risk Category)
<0.705808 (95.5)587 (10.1)104 (1.8)
 <0.102975 (48.9)249 (8.4)40 (1.3)
 <0.505645 (92.8)565 (10.0)98 (1.7)
0.7–1.49173 (2.8)39 (22.5)20 (11.6)
≥1.5096 (1.6)95 (99.0)b95 (99.0)
 ≥2.060 (1.0)60 (100)60 (100)
 ≥3.035 (0.6)35 (100)35 (100)
  • a The total population is 6085 infants, including 8 infants with missing risk estimates; 5 infants were born outside the hospital and ineligible for SRC use and are not included.

  • b One infant in the post-SRC period had a sepsis risk estimate at birth of 1.80 based on a maternal maximum temperature of 101°F. The obstetric team reported that a repeat measurement shortly thereafter was 98.8°F, yielding a risk estimate of 0.27 per 1000 LBs. Given obstetrical uncertainty about the validity of the brief temperature elevation and the good clinical appearance of the infant, the NICU team opted to provide enhanced clinical surveillance only.