Very Low Birth Weight Database

Procedures, Interventions, and Outcomes Data Collected on VLBW Infants


  • Infants 401 to 1500 grams or 22 to 29 weeks gestational age who are born alive and admitted to a hospital within 28 days of birth

Data Items

  • Birth location, weight and head circumference, birth defects, maternal characteristics
  • Delivery and initial resuscitation
  • Respiratory care
  • Surgery
  • Mortality and neonatal morbidities
  • Status at discharge including human milk feeding and respiratory support
  • Length of stay

Data Submission

  • Free data collection and submission software, called eNICQ 6, provided as a benefit of membership. eNICQ 6 is a Windows application that uses the .NET framework and a SQL Server database. Its features include:
    • A patient log, with the ability to sort and filter records
    • An easy-to-use interface for inputting patient data
    • Context-sensitive help, including data-item definitions and ranges embedded within the data entry forms
    • Extensive error checking of data, which provide immediate feedback on data quality and accuracy as data is being entered
    • The ability to import data files, allowing patient data to be extracted from another system and imported for error checking and submission
    • Multi-center support, with the ability to enter and submit data for multiple Vermont Oxford Network centers in the same database
  • Electronic data submission (EDS) via CSV or XML files uploaded through a secure HTTPS connection

Membership Fee

  • $5,400 annually

How to Join

  • Please check the Member Map to make sure your center is not already a member
  • If not, please complete a membership application and submit by email to or fax to 802.865.9613
  • We will send you a membership agreement and an initial invoice when we received your membership application.
    • Please note that we require an actual signature (not a digital signature) on the membership agreement.
    • After you sign the membership agreement, you may scan it and send it to us by email or fax.
  • When we have the completed application, signed agreement, and initial payment, your membership is complete. You will receive a welcome packet with the name and contact information for your Account Manager.

Thank you for your interest in Vermont Oxford Network. We look forward to working with you.