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.
Very Low Birth Weight Database
Data for this research was culled from VON’s VLBW Database, which includes information on procedures, interventions, and outcomes from members submitting information on infants 401 to 1500 grams or 22 to 29 weeks gestational age who are born alive and admitted to a hospital within 28 days of birth.