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Early discharge study for premature infants: singapore general hospital.
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PMID:  21339916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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INTRODUCTION: At Singapore General Hospital, approximately 240 infants of the 1500 deliveries per annum are delivered preterm, many of very low birth weight-median of 1210 g-often have extended hospital stays, even after they are declared medically fit.
METHODS: To better understand the discharge patterns of the preterm infants in the department, a team of two neonatologists and two nurses performed a retrospective review of 36 premature infants. The underlying causes leading to and the root causes of discharge delays were identified as: Required goal weight of 2 kg, even when medically fitDelivery of discharge plan to parents delayedDischarge planning delayedNo ownership in discharge planning.
RESULTS/CONCLUSION: The length of hospital stay was reduced 59.8%, primarily by improved discharge planning, revised guidelines (mean discharge at 1915 g), and nurses' active preparation of parents psychologically and mentally for care of their babies at home.
Authors:
Yeo Cheo Lian; Selina Ho Kah Ying; Cheong Chiu Peng; Tay Yih Yann
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Permanente journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1552-5767     ISO Abbreviation:  Perm J     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-22     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9800474     Medline TA:  Perm J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-8     Citation Subset:  -    
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