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Impact of Timing of Birth and Resident Duty-Hour Restrictions on Outcome of Small Preterm Infants

Edward F. Bell, MD,a Nellie I. Hansen, MPH,b Frank H. Morriss, Jr., MD, MPH,a Barbara J. Stoll, MD,c Namasivayam Ambalavanan, MD,d Jeffrey B. Gould, MD, MPH,e Abbot R. Laptook, MD,f Michele C. Walsh, MD,g Waldemar A. Carlo, MD,d Seetha Shankaran, MD,h Abhik Das, PhD,i and Rosemary D. Higgins, MDj, for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To examine the impact of birth at night, on the weekend, and during July or August – the first months of the academic year – and the impact of resident duty-hour restrictions on mortality and morbidity of VLBW infants.

METHODS

Outcomes were analyzed for 11,137 infants with birth weight 501–1250 grams enrolled in the NICHD Neonatal Research Network registry 2001–2005. Approximately half were born before the introduction of resident duty-hour restrictions in 2003. Follow-up assessment at 18–22 months was completed for 4,508 infants. Mortality (7-day and 28-day), short-term morbidities, and neurodevelopmental outcome were examined with respect to the timing of birth: night vs day, weekend vs weekday, and July or August vs other months, and after vs before implementation of resident duty-hour restrictions.

RESULTS

There was no effect of hour, day, or month of birth on mortality and no impact on the risks of short-term morbidities except the risk of ROP requiring operative treatment was lower for infants born during the late night hours than during the day. There was no impact of timing of birth on neurodevelopmental outcome except the risk of hearing impairment or death was slightly lower among infants born in July or August compared with other months. The introduction of resident and fellow duty-hour restrictions had no impact on mortality or neurodevelopmental outcome. The only change in short-term morbidity after duty-hour restrictions were introduced was an increase in the risk of ROP (stage 2 or higher).

CONCLUSION

In this network of academic centers, the timing of birth and the introduction of duty-hour restrictions had little effect on the risks of mortality and morbidity of VLBW infants, suggesting that staffing patterns were adequate to provide consistent care.

Keywords: Neonatal, preterm infants, morbidity/mortality, resident education/training, workforce

INTRODUCTION

The delivery of consistently high-quality care regardless of hour, day, and month is a priority in health care systems, including intensive care units. Physician staffing patterns in intensive care units vary with time of day and day of the week. The physicians on duty in the hospital at night and on weekends are fewer in number and generally less experienced. In teaching hospitals, the academic year begins in July. New physicians begin working in the summer, and the clinical experience of these young physicians is lowest in July and August. Previous studies have suggested that the timing of birth has significant effects on the risks of perinatal and neonatal mortality, but these findings have not been consistent when comparing day versus night,114 weekday versus weekend,1,2,5,1520 and July and August versus the rest of the year.5,21,22

Most studies have focused on overall perinatal or neonatal mortality, with few analyses of the effects of timing of birth on the mortality risk of very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants,1,12,21,22 the group at greatest risk of mortality. Even less is known about the impact of timing of birth on morbidity among surviving VLBW infants.12,14,22 If significant effects of timing of birth on mortality and morbidity were demonstrated, this would suggest potentially modifiable factors, such as staffing policies and delivery room management, that could be addressed with the goal of improving outcomes. The impact of timing of birth on outcome is particularly important at a time of continued national discussion on the topic of optimal resident duty hours for patient safety and physician training.23,24

We evaluated the impact of timing of birth on the mortality and morbidity of VLBW infants born in centers of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network (NRN) from 2001 through 2005. We also compared outcomes for these infants before and after introduction of resident duty-hour restrictions, as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003.25

METHODS

Study Population

The infants studied were born at one of the NRN centers between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005 with birth weight 501–1250 grams and were enrolled in a registry of VLBW infants maintained by the NRN. This was the largest recent time span available for which the same versions of the registry data forms were used. The parents of surviving infants with birth weight 1000 grams or less were asked to bring their children for follow-up evaluation at 18 to 22 months corrected age. Infants with birth weight 1001–1250 grams did not participate in the follow-up evaluations. Centers with multiple hospitals were considered as single entities except for one center where the usual composition of teams attending newborn infants at delivery differed between its two hospitals; thus, 17 delivery sites were included in the analysis. The registry was approved by the institutional review board at each center. Informed consent for collecting data for the registry was waived by the institutional review boards at all but one site, where consent was obtained. Written informed consent was obtained for the follow-up evaluation at all sites.

Outcomes and Definitions

Data collected included pregnancy complications, type of delivery, multiple birth, infant birth weight (BW), gestational age (GA), sex, race, Apgar scores, and in-hospital morbidities including necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). BPD was defined as the need for supplemental oxygen at 36 weeks postmenstrual age. NEC was defined as Bell’s stage IIA or higher.26 Late-onset sepsis was defined by positive blood culture after the age of 72 hours with antibiotic therapy for 5 days or more. Infants were defined as small for gestational age (SGA) if their BW was below the 10th percentile for sex and GA.27

Centers were surveyed to identify the date when resident and fellow duty-hour restrictions were implemented. Fourteen centers implemented resident duty-hour restrictions on July 1, 2003; two centers implemented restrictions earlier and one later.

The follow-up visit included assessment of cognitive and neuromotor development using a standardized neurologic examination and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-II.28 Bayley scale scores were recorded for the Mental Developmental Index (MDI) and the Psychomotor Developmental Index (PDI). The results of vision and hearing examinations were noted. A composite outcome, neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI), was defined as one or more of the following: MDI<70, PDI<70, moderate or severe cerebral palsy (CP), blindness with no useful vision in either eye, or hearing aid use in both ears.

Timing of birth variables were defined as:

  1. Birth hour: Day (08:00–17:00), early night (17:01–23:59), or late night (00:00–07:59);
  2. Day of the week: Saturday or Sunday versus Monday-Friday;
  3. Month: July or August versus other months;
  4. Epoch: Before implementation of resident and fellow duty-hour restrictions versus after implementation of duty-hour restrictions.

Statistical Analysis

Associations between each timing of birth variable and mortality within 7 days and 28 days of birth were examined in the entire cohort and separately within three birth weight groups: 501–750 grams, 751–1000 grams, and 1001–1250 grams.

We examined associations between timing of birth and each of the following short-term morbidities and with composite outcomes of each morbidity or death: NEC, late-onset sepsis, BPD, IVH or PVL, ROP stage 2 or higher, and ROP requiring operative treatment. Among surviving infants with birth weight 501–1000 grams who returned for follow-up examination at 18–22 months corrected age, the impact of timing of birth was examined on the composite outcome of NDI or death and for each of the component measures of NDI with death in composite outcomes.

Statistical significance for unadjusted comparisons was determined by chi-square or Fisher’s exact test. Adjusted associations between timing of birth and outcomes were examined with robust Poisson regression models using generalized estimating equations.29 Adjusted relative risks and 95% confidence intervals were reported based on the estimates and variance estimators from these models; statistical significance was determined by Score and Wald tests. Characteristics examined in group comparisons and included as adjustment variables in the models were selected from prenatal and postnatal variables collected shortly after birth that have been associated with mortality.30 Along with each of the timing of birth variables defined above, covariates included in each model were study center, infant BW group, GA (≤24 wk, 25–28 wk, or ≥29 wk), sex, race, maternal antepartum hemorrhage, maternal hypertension or preeclampsia-eclampsia, multiple birth, and 1-minute Apgar score <5. A continuous time variable with each unit change representing 6 months was included in order to adjust for time trends over the period of the study.

Initial models fit to each outcome included interaction terms aimed at examining whether timing of birth effects or general time trends varied by epoch. Interactions were not significant and were omitted from the final models. No adjustment was made for multiple comparisons.

RESULTS

During the period of study, 11,679 infants were born in 19 NRN study centers with birth weight 501–1250 grams and enrolled in the VLBW registry. Of these, 511 infants with major congenital anomalies, 28 infants from two centers that left the Network early in the period, and 3 infants with missing time of birth were excluded. Thus, the cohort studied included 11,137 infants from 17 centers.

Overall, 40% of infants were born during the day, 32% during early night, and 28% during late night. Infants born at night were of lower BW and GA than those born in the day, and a higher percentage had Apgar scores < 5 at 1 minute and 5 minutes (Table 1). A greater proportion of infants born during the day were from multiple births or SGA and more were white. Mothers of infants born in the night were less likely to have had hypertension or preeclampsia-eclampsia and to have had Cesarean section delivery. A greater percentage of mothers who delivered in the late night had an antepartum hemorrhage.

TABLE 1
Maternal and neonatal characteristics among infants 501–1250 grams birth weight by timing of birth

Infants born on Saturday or Sunday were of somewhat lower GA than those born during the week, and a smaller percentage were SGA, from a multiple birth, or delivered by Cesarean section. BW and the percent of infants with Apgar scores <5 at 1 minute and 5 minutes were similar for infants born on the weekend and those born during the week.

No significant difference was found between infants born in July or August and those born in other months in any of the maternal and neonatal characteristics examined.

Neonatal characteristics were similar for infants born before and after the duty-hour restrictions were implemented. Mothers of infants born during the years after the restrictions were introduced were more likely to have had antepartum hemorrhage, hypertension or preeclampsia-eclampsia, and Cesarean delivery.

Mortality

Mortality within 7 days of birth

Overall, 1,284 (11.5%) infants died in the first 7 days of life; 165 of these died after 72 hours. The most frequently cited cause of death was immaturity (43%); the second-most common was RDS (32%). Seven-day mortality was stable across the period of study with the proportion of infants who died ranging from 10.7% to 12.3%.

After adjusting for maternal and neonatal characteristics and time trends, no significant difference in 7-day mortality risk was found for late night compared to day births (adjusted RR 1.07, 95% CI 0.96–1.18), nor for early night compared to day births (adjusted RR 1.01, 95% CI 0.90–1.13) (Table 2). Similarly, no significant difference was found in 7-day mortality risk for infants born on Saturday or Sunday compared to those born on other days of the week, nor for infants born in July or August versus those born in other months. No significant change in the risk of dying in the first 7 days of life was found after resident-fellow duty-hour restrictions were implemented compared to before (adjusted RR 0.99, 95% CI 0.84–1.19). Within each of the three birth weight groups, there was no significant effect of timing of birth on the adjusted risk of mortality within the first 7 days.

TABLE 2
Relative risk of death in the first 7 days among infants 501–1250 grams birth weight by timing of birth

Mortality within 28 days of birth

Overall, 1,785 (16.0%) infants died in the first 28 days of life. The most common cause of death reported was RDS (33%); the second-most common was immaturity (32%). Twenty-eight day mortality varied little across the period, ranging from 15.2% to 16.9%. No significant difference was found in the risk of 28-day mortality by timing of birth, either overall (Table 3) or among infants in any of the three birth weight groups.

TABLE 3
Relative risk of death in the first 28 days among infants 501–1250 grams birth weight by timing of birth

Short-Term Morbidity

After adjusting for maternal and neonatal characteristics as well as time trends, no significant difference was found in the risk of NEC, late-onset sepsis, BPD, or IVH-PVL by birth hour, day of the week, month, or epoch. For each of these morbidities, there was also no impact of timing of birth on the composite outcome of the morbidity or death.

Among 8,294 infants who survived and were evaluated for ROP, 32% were diagnosed with ROP stage 2 or higher in one or both eyes. No significant difference was found in the risk of ROP by birth hour, day of the week, or month. There was a significant time trend (p<0.001), with the rate of ROP decreasing over time (adjusted RR per 6-month interval 0.96, 95% CI 0.95–0.98) (Figure). After adjusting for the time trend, the risk of ROP was significantly increased for infants born after resident-fellow duty-hour restrictions were implemented compared to those born in the period before (adjusted RR 1.22, 95% CI 1.10–1.36; p<0.001). The downward trend in ROP rate was present both before and after the duty-hour restrictions were introduced, at which time there was a step upward in ROP risk (Jul-Dec 2003 period in Figure). An increase after duty-hour restrictions were implemented also was found for the composite outcome of ROP (stage 2 or higher) or death (adjusted RR 1.11, 95% CI 1.04–1.19; p=0.002). Among the infants for whom treatment information was available, 10% had ROP requiring treatment in one or both eyes. The risk of ROP requiring treatment was significantly lower for infants born during the late night versus the day (adjusted RR 0.84, 95% CI 0.73–0.97), but it was not significantly lower for infants born during the early night versus the day. The risk of the composite outcome of ROP requiring treatment or death did not vary by birth hour. Neither the individual nor the composite outcome – ROP requiring treatment or death – varied by day of the week, month, or epoch.

FIGURE 1
Percent of infants with retinopathy of prematurity stage 2 or higher by interval of birth among infants with birth weight 501–1250 grams born in NICHD Neonatal Research Network centers between Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2005. The vertical bars ...

Neurodevelopmental Outcome

Among 7228 children with birth weight 501–1000 grams, 2145 (30%) died prior to the follow-up evaluation. Of the 5,083 survivors, 4,508 children (89%) were seen at follow-up (September 2002 through April 2008). After adjusting for maternal and neonatal characteristics as well as time trends, no significant difference was found in the risk of MDI<70 or death, PDI<70 or death, moderate or severe CP or death, vision impairment or death, or NDI or death by birth hour, day of the week, month, or epoch. The risk of hearing impairment or death did not vary by birth hour, day of the week, or epoch. However, the risk of hearing impairment or death was slightly reduced for infants born in July or August compared to other months (adjusted RR 0.92, 95% CI 0.85–0.998; p=0.04).

DISCUSSION

In this network of NICUs in major academic centers, we found little effect of timing of birth on the mortality, morbidity, and long-term developmental outcome of VLBW infants. We interpret this to mean that, in these centers, adequate staffing is available at all hours and during weekends as well as weekdays and that adequate supervision of inexperienced trainees is available in July and August. Further, we found no evidence of adverse effect of duty-hour restrictions on VLBW mortality and little, if any, effect on morbidity. It is possible that other factors not included in our analysis had beneficial effect and so neutralized any negative impact of duty-hour restrictions on outcome. As an example, we speculate that any adverse effects of decreased caregiver continuity and practical experience resulting from duty-hour restrictions were offset by reduced fatigue or by increased supervisory surveillance. Other, unrecognized factors might also have played a role. Our database did not include data on the hours actually worked by residents and fellows before and after implementation of the duty-hour restrictions in the participating centers. Although one study found little change in the work hours reported by residents after introduction of duty-hour restrictions,31 another reported significantly decreased work hours of pediatric residents working in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.32 If further duty-hour reforms are implemented for trainees, it will be important to assess their impact.33

Insofar as high-risk obstetrics patients are sometimes delivered electively during daytime hours and on weekdays, this practice might be anticipated to influence the impact of timing of birth on infant outcome. We accounted for a number of potential confounding factors in our analyses, but we did not have information on all potential confounders, such as variations in obstetrical practice34 and staffing patterns in the NICU.35

In our study, infants who were SGA, from a multiple birth, or delivered by Cesarean section were more likely to be born during the day and on Monday through Friday than at night or on the weekend, possibly indicating that these infants are more likely than others to be delivered electively. Infants of mothers with hypertension or preeclampsia also were more likely to be born during the day than at night.

Infants born at night were of lower birth weight and gestational age and had lower Apgar scores, and their mothers were more likely to have antepartum hemorrhage. After adjusting for these and other risk factors, they were neither more likely to die nor more likely to experience significant morbidity than infants born at other time periods. We also found no evidence that mortality or morbidity risk was higher among infants born on the weekend or during July or August.

The results of our study are encouraging in that we did not demonstrate adverse effects of implementation of the ACGME duty-hour restrictions for residents and fellows on mortality or morbidity of VLBW infants in the teaching hospitals that comprise the Neonatal Research Network. In the period after the restrictions were introduced, the mothers of VLBW infants were more likely to have had antepartum hemorrhage, hypertension or preeclampsia, and Cesarean delivery. There was no change in the risk of 7-day or 28-day mortality, and there was no change in the risk of any morbidity except ROP. After duty-hour restrictions were introduced, there was an increase in the adjusted risks of ROP (stage 2 or higher) alone and the composite outcome of ROP or death. The risk of hearing impairment or death was slightly lower among infants born in July or August compared to other months. Given the large number of comparisons that were made, caution should be exercised in interpreting these findings.

Previous studies have found improved patient safety and mortality or no effect among adult medical and surgical patients after introduction of duty-hour restrictions.31,3641 We found little impact of the ACGME duty-hour restrictions on the outcome of VLBW infants in this group of teaching hospitals. Shorter on-call shifts for residents and fellows might be anticipated to have negative effects on the continuity of care and to have increased the potential for problems associated with patient “handoff”.42 The duty-hour restrictions might also result in less practical experience for residents at each level and reduced competence with the technical aspects of patient care that are so important for VLBW infants, such as tracheal intubation. If such potential effects of duty-hour restriction have negative impact on patient outcome, they may be offset by a reduction in the errors that result from fatigue.4345

CONCLUSION

Despite previous reports of increased perinatal or neonatal mortality among infants born at night, on the weekend, or during July and August, we found no effect of timing of birth on the mortality risk of VLBW infants and little effect on morbidity. In addition, we found no significant change in VLBW outcomes after the introduction of resident and fellow duty-hour restrictions. Variations in mortality and morbidity related to the timing of birth depend on an institution’s capacity to provide a sufficient number of adequately trained and experienced staff at all times. We speculate that the lack of major effects of timing of birth in this analysis indicates that the NICUs of the Neonatal Research Network are able to provide adequate staffing, even at night and on the weekends, and that inexperienced trainees are given sufficient support from more experienced staff. Moreover, the lack of change in VLBW outcome after introduction of resident and fellow duty-hour restrictions suggests that appropriate adjustments in staffing have been made. Matching the need and availability of personnel and other resources is key to maintaining consistently high-quality outcomes.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Data collected at participating sites of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network (NRN) were transmitted to RTI International, the data coordinating center (DCC) for the Network, which stored, managed, and analyzed the data for this study. On behalf of the NRN, Abhik Das, PhD (DCC Principal Investigator) and Nellie I. Hansen, MPH (DCC Statistician) had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and accuracy of the data analysis.

ABBREVIATIONS

ACGME
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
BPD
bronchopulmonary dysplasia
BW
birth weight
CI
confidence interval
CP
cerebral palsy
DR
delivery room
GA
gestational age
IVH
intraventricular hemorrhage
MDI
motor developmental index
NDI
neurodevelopmental impairment
NEC
necrotizing enterocolitis
NICHD
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development
NICU
neonatal intensive care unit
NRN
Neonatal Research Network
PDI
psychomotor developmental index
PVL
periventricular hemorrhage
RDS
respiratory distress syndrome
ROP
retinopathy of prematurity
RR
relative risk
SGA
small for gestational age
VLBW
very low birth weight

Appendix

We are indebted to our medical and nursing colleagues and the infants and their parents who agreed to take part in this study. The following investigators, in addition to those listed as authors, participated in this study:

NRN Steering Committee Chair: Alan H. Jobe, MD PhD, University of Cincinnati.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Linda L. Wright, MD.

University of Iowa: Carver College of Medicine (U10 HD53109, CTSA UL1 RR24979, and GCRC M01 RR59) - Karen J. Johnson, RN.

Case Western Reserve University: Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (GCRC M01 RR80, U10 HD21364) – Avroy A. Fanaroff, MD; Nancy S. Newman, RN; Harriet G. Friedman, MA; Bonnie S. Siner, RN; Deanne E. Wilson-Costello, MD.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital/Harris County Hospital District (U10 HD21373) – Jon E. Tyson, MD MPH; Kathleen A. Kennedy, MD MPH; Patricia W. Evans, MD; Esther G. Akpa, RN BSN; Nora Alaniz, BS; Patty A. Cluff, RN; Claudia I. Franco, RNC MSN; Anna E. Lis, RN BSN; Sarah Martin, RN BSN; Maegan C. Simmons, RN; Georgia E. McDavid, RN; Patti Pierce Tate, RCP; Pamela J. Bradt, MD MPH; Susan Dieterich, PhD; Terri Major-Kincade, MD MPH; Brenda H. Morris, MD; Stacey Reddoch, BA; Laura L. Whitely, MD.

Wayne State University: Hutzel Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan (U10 HD21385) – Seetha Shankaran, MD; Rebecca Bara, RN BSN; Geraldine Muran, RN BSN; Laura Goldston, MA; Yvette R. Johnson, MD MPH; Athina Pappas, MD; Deborah Kennedy, RN BSN; Rebecca Wheeler.

University of Miami: Holtz Children's Hospital (GCRC M01 RR16587, U10 HD21397) – Charles R. Bauer, MD; Shahnaz Duara, MD; Ruth Everett-Thomas, RN MSN; Maria Calejo, MS; Alexis N. Diaz, BA; Silvia M. Frade Eguaras, MA; Yamiley C. Gideon, BA; Sylvia Hiriart-Fajardo, MD; Ann Londono; Elaine O. Mathews, RN.

Emory University: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Emory Crawford Long Hospital (GCRC M01 RR39, U10 HD27851) – Susie Buchter, MD; Marcia Berry Bishop, MS NNP-BC; Irma Seabrook, RRT; Ellen C. Hale, RN BS CCRC; Ira Adams-Chapman, MD; Sheena Carter, PhD; Elisabeth Dinkins, PNP; Maureen Mulligan LaRossa, RN; Gloria V. Smikle, PNP.

University of Cincinnati: University Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital (GCRC M01 RR8084, U10 HD27853) – Edward F. Donovan, MD; Barbara Alexander, RN; Kate Bridges, MD; Cathy Grisby, BSN CCRC; Marcia Worley Mersmann, RN CCRC; Holly L. Mincey, RN BSN; Jody Hessling , RN; Teresa L. Gratton, PA; Jean J. Steichen, MD.

Indiana University: Indiana University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, and Wishard Health Services (GCRC M01 RR750, U10 HD27856) – Brenda B. Poindexter, MD MS; James A. Lemons, MD; Diana D. Appel, RN BSN; Dianne E. Herron, RN; Lucy C. Miller, RN BSN CCRC; Richard Hooper, RRT; Lon G. Bohnke, MS; Marilyn Bull, MD; Ann B. Cook, MS; Anna M. Dusick, MD FAAP; Greg Eaken, PhD; Darlene Kardatzke, MD; Carolyn Lytle, MD MPH; Heike M. Minnich, PsyD HSPP; Leslie Richard, RN.

Yale University: Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (GCRC M01 RR125, U10 HD27871) – Richard A. Ehrenkranz, MD; Patricia Gettner, RN; Monica Konstantino, RN BSN; JoAnn Poulsen, RN; Janet Taft, RN BSN; Nancy Close, PhD; Elaine Romano, MSN; Joanne Williams, RN BSN.

Stanford University: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and El Camino Hospital (GCRC M01 RR70, U10 HD27880) – David K. Stevenson, MD; Krisa P. Van Meurs, MD; Susan R. Hintz, MD MS; M. Bethany Ball, BS CCRC; Anne M. DeBattista, RN PNP; Joan M. Baran, PhD; Ginger K. Brudos, PhD; Julie C. Lee-Ancajas, PhD; Renee P. Pyle, PhD; Nicholas H. St. John, PhD; Marian M. Adams, MD; Jean G. Kohn, MD MPH; Dharshi Sivakumar, MD.

Brown University: Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (U10 HD27904) – William Oh, MD; Angelita M. Hensman, RN BSN; Barbara Alksninis, PNP; William J. Cashore, MD; Regina A. Gargus, MD; Shabnam Lainwala MD; Theresa M. Leach, MEd CAES; Martha R. Leonard, BA BS; Kalida Mehta MD; James R. Moore, MD; Lucy Noel, Bonnie E. Stephens, MD; Rachel V. Walden, MD; Betty R. Vohr, MD; Victoria E. Watson, MS CAS.

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Health System and Children’s Hospital of Alabama (GCRC M01 RR32, U10 HD34216) – Monica V. Collins, RN BSN MaEd; Shirley S. Cosby, RN BSN; Fred J. Biasini, PhD; Stephanie A. Chopko, PhD; Mary Beth Moses, PT MS PCS; Kathleen G. Nelson, MD; Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, MD MPH; Vivien A. Phillips, RN BSN; Richard V. Rector, PhD; Sally Whitley, MA OTR-L FAOTA.

University of California – San Diego: Medical Center and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women (U10 HD40461) – Neil N. Finer, MD; Maynard R. Rasmussen, MD; Paul R. Wozniak, MD; Kathy Arnell, RNC; Renee Bridge, RN; Clarence Demetrio, RN; Jim Goodmar, RRT; Chris Henderson, RCP CRTT; Wade Rich, BSHS RRT; Rene Barbieri-Welge; Ayala Ben-Tall; Martha G. Fuller, RN MSN; Elaine Ito; Meghan Lukasik; Deborah Pontillo; Donna Posin, OTR/L MPA; Cheryl Runyan; Yvonne E. Vaucher, MD MPH; James Wilkes; Paul Zlotnik, MD.

Duke University School of Medicine: University Hospital, Alamance Regional Medical Center, and Durham Regional Hospital (GCRC M01 RR30, U10 HD40492) – Ronald N. Goldberg, MD; C. Michael Cotten, MD MHS; Kathy J. Auten, MSHS; Ricki F. Goldstein, MD; Kathryn E. Gustafson, PhD; Melody B. Lohmeyer, RN MSN; William F. Malcolm, MD.

Wake Forest University: Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, and Brenner Children’s Hospital (GCRC M01 RR7122, U10 HD40498) – T. Michael O’Shea, MD MPH; Nancy J. Peters, RN CCRP; Deborah Evans Allred, MA LPA; Korinne Chiu, MA; Robert G. Dillard, MD; Donald J. Goldstein, PhD; Raquel Halfond, MA; Cherrie D. Welch, MD MPH; Gail Wiley Hounshell, PhD; Barbara G. Jackson, RN BSN; Melissa Whalen Morris, MA; Carroll Peterson, MA; Ellen L. Waldrep, MS.

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong (GCRC M01 RR44, U10 HD40521) – Dale L. Phelps, MD; Linda J. Reubens, RN CCRC; Mary Rowan, RN; Erica L. Burnell, RN; Julie Babish Johnson, MSW; Diane Hust, MS RN CS; Rosemary L. Jensen; Emily Kushner, MA; Joan Merzbach, LMSW; Gary J. Myers, MD; Kelley Yost, PhD; Lauren Zwetsch, RN MS PNP.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: Parkland Health & Hospital System and Children's Medical Center Dallas (GCRC M01 RR633, U10 HD40689) – Charles R. Rosenfeld, MD; Walid A. Salhab, MD; Gaynelle Hensley, RN; Susie Madison, RN; Nancy A. Miller, RN; Melissa Martin, RN; James Allen, RRT; Kerry Wilder, RN; Alicia Guzman; R. Sue Broyles, MD; Roy J. Heyne, MD; Sally S. Adams, MS RN CPNP; Catherine Twell Boatman, MS; Cristin Dooley, MS; Elizabeth Heyne, PA; Jackie F. Hickman, RN; Linda A. Madden, BSN, RN, CPNP; Janet S. Morgan, RN.

Data Coordinating Center:

RTI International: (U01 HD36790) – W. Kenneth Poole, PhD; Betty K. Hastings; Carolyn Petrie Huitema, MS; Elizabeth M. McClure, MEd; Jeanette O’Donnell Auman, BS; Kristin M. Zaterka-Baxter, RN BSN; Jamie E. Newman, PhD MPH.

Footnotes

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:

The authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.

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