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The Delivery Room Intervention and Evaluation (DRIVE) Network is a novel network to study and improve neonatal resuscitation across an inclusive and diverse population of infants born in delivery rooms in the United States. DRIVE’s goals are to innovate health care delivery by designing and testing solutions to improve provider training, team performance, and clinical outcomes for newborns who require resuscitation at birth.

Background of the DRIVE Network

Among 3.8 million babies born yearly in the United States, 5-10% will require immediate resuscitation to begin independently breathing. When a baby fails to breathe at birth, a skilled health care professional trained in neonatal resuscitation must be present to provide evidence-based interventions to help them breathe. Failure to properly resuscitate a baby can lead to significant morbidity and mortality.

However, beyond limited research settings, little is known about the incidence, quality, and outcomes of neonatal resuscitation in diverse clinical locations in the US. Most multicenter neonatal registries specialize in high-risk populations such as preterm infants or infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a result, little infrastructure exists to collect data critical to highlighting gaps and improving provider performance and clinical outcomes of neonatal resuscitation for the inclusive population of infants who receive delivery room resuscitation.

The DRIVE Network seeks to fill that gap by convening a network of sites throughout the US to gather information on all infants who receive resuscitation after birth. DRIVE aggregates data from members and produces a data registry that will allow for study of resuscitation practices and quality.

DRIVE Members

The DRIVE Network was convened by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which serves as the DRIVE Administrative Body. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia serves as the DRIVE Data Coordinating Center (DCC). Six academic centers with their associated Level I and II neonatal intensive care units are the other members. Together these sites cover over 50,000 births per year and span the geography and racial/ethnic make-up of the United States.

  • Columbia University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas, Southwestern
  • Saint Louis University
  • Stanford University

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