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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    
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.
Yeo Cheo Lian; Selina Ho Kah Ying; Cheong Chiu Peng; Tay Yih Yann
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Publication Detail:
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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