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The appropriateness of early discharge of very low birth weight newborns.
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PMID:  21888523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Preterm newborns may be discharged when clinical conditions are stable and maturity of physiological functions has been gained, but no precise indications on weight and GA to be reached before discharge are available. In our NICU we have observed in the last five years 234 newborns < 32 weeks of GA; we have decided to transfer from incubators at the mean weight of 1737 g, regardless of their GA and birth weight and to discharge at a mean weight of 1966 g, the lowest mean weight in comparison to the other twelve NICUs of the Lazio region. We have analyzed if the major diseases affecting those newborns (RDS, mechanical ventilation, PDA, IVH/PVL, PHH, NEC, ROP, sepsis ) have influenced weight at discharge in 13 NICUs of Lazio region. Conclusions: in our NICU the discharge of ELBW/VLBW preterm newborns < 32 weeks GA and/or < 1500 g can be feasible at a mean weight close to 1900 g. An early transfer from incubator at a mean weight of 1737 g promotes an early discharge from hospital. Major diseases affecting those newborn haven't influenced weight at discharge.
S Picone; P Paolillo; F Franco; D Di Lallo
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Neonatology-Neonatal Pathology-NICU O.U., Casilino Polyclinic , Rome , Italy.
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