Outcomes of very-low-birthweight infants after discharge with a discharge weight of 1500 grams
Pediatrics International, 04/26/2012
Ahmadpour–Kacho M et al. – In order to decrease the need for emergency visits, we suggest a program of early hospital discharge with home nursing visits and neonatologist support.
In this analytic-prospective study, 100 premature neonates with discharging weight (DW) of 1500 g and a control group of 150 neonates with DW of 1600–2500 g were included.
Both groups showed similar socioeconomic, perinatal and postnatal conditions. They were admitted and treated in the newborn services at ACH.
The outcome variables, including death after discharge, readmission and need for emergency visit for an acute problem up to 3 months after discharge, were studied.
The information was analyzed by spss-16 software and a P-value < 0.05 was considered significant.
Need for emergency visit after discharge reached a significant difference between the two groups (31 in the case group vs 21 in the control group, P= 0.000), but there were no significant differences in the readmission rate and death after discharge.
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