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Early discharge of mothers and infants following vaginal childbirth.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1771003     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
With the construction and implementation of the first birthing center in the Air Force, it became necessary to deviate from the traditional 3-day postpartum hospitalization. The purpose of this study is to evaluate that decision. Three hundred seventy-one vaginal deliveries were examined. The average postpartum stay was 1.6 days. There were two maternal readmissions; both had the onset of symptoms at greater than 3 days postpartum. There were no infant readmissions. In-patient questionnaires revealed only satisfaction from the puerperae. It is the authors' opinion that early discharge is safe, cost-effective, and should be considered for implementation where feasible.
G K Berryman; M K Rhodes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  156     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  1991 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-02-27     Completed Date:  1992-02-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  583-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, USAF Academy Hospital, USAF Academy, CO 80840.
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MeSH Terms
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Delivery, Obstetric
Hospitals, Military / utilization*
Infant, Newborn
Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data*
Patient Discharge*
Postpartum Period*
Time Factors
United States

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