Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious condition that occurs in mostly extremely premature babies when their intestines are damaged. The lining of the intestine can become thinned, or a hole can occur in the intestines. This can lead to serious infections and damage to intestines needing removal by a pediatric surgeon. This can make a baby very sick, require surgery, and
possibly lead to death.
The graph above shows the NEC rate at the OLGMC NICU to be consistently lower (BLUE LINE) that the state of Louisiana and national average.