Using the NICU Wisely: Creating more efficient and effective systems of care for infants and families.
Discharge Age and Weight for Very Preterm Infants: 2005–2018
Pediatrics, February 2021
A complex set of medical, social, and financial factors underlie decisions to discharge very preterm infants.
Analysis from member-submitted data in the VON Very Low Birth Weight Database, gestational age and weight at discharge increased steadily from 2005 to 2018 for survivors 24 to 29 weeks’ gestation. While there are undetermined causes, benefits, and costs of longer stays, the effect of separation from families should not be underestimated.
Authors: Erika M. Edwards, Lucy T. Greenberg, Danielle E.Y. Ehret, Scott A. Lorch and Jeffrey D. Horbar
Variation in use by NICU types in the United States
Pediatrics, November 2018
There is a large variation in the proportions of NICU admissions, initial NICU hospitalization days, high-acuity cases, and short-stay cases by gestational age.
Analysis from member-submitted data of all NICU admissions in VON’s Expanded Database led to the question: Are we using the NICU wisely?
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