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Clin Perinatol. 2006 Dec;33(4):935-45; abstract xi.

Emergency department visits and rehospitalizations in late preterm infants.

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Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. shabnam.jain@oz.ped.emory.edu

Abstract

The number of late preterm newborns (gestational age 34 to 36 weeks) is increasing in the United States and Canada. The appearance of these newborns may give a false sense of security about their well-being to practitioners and parents alike. Neonatology literature has begun to address this issue; however, there is paucity of information regarding health concerns of these newborns after discharge from the nursery. The authors reviewed their experience in the emergency department (ED) of a large pediatric institution over a 1-year period, comparing morbidity in late preterm infants with term infants. Late preterm infants comprise a significant proportion of newborn visits to the ED. Certain problems occur more frequently in these infants, including the need for intensive care.

PMID:
17148013
DOI:
10.1016/j.clp.2006.09.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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