Tip 151: CRIB score

The CRIB (Clinical Risk Index for Babies) score, and its update, CRIB II, were designed to predict mortality for infants born below 32/40.

They were based on specific criteria present in the first 12 hours of the infant’s life (to minimise treatment influences). For CRIB II, they are:

  • Birth weight by gestation
  • Maximum base deficit in the first 12h
  • Gender
  • Admission temperature

Though there is some correlation between the score and mortality, its use to predict neurological impairment is not strong.

Reference: Dorling JS, Field DJ, Manktelow B. ‘Review – Neonatal disease severity scoring systems’ Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2005; 90:F11-F16.

Previously published: 31/07/14, 10/07/15

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