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Adv Neonatal Care. 2007 Apr;7(2):69-75; quiz 76-7.

SAFE discharge for infants with high-risk home environments.

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Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.


Safe transitioning of high-risk infants from hospital to home requires these essential elements: (1) a thorough understanding and adherence to infant-identified discharge criteria; (2) the coordination and progression of educational activities that prepare families for care at home; (3) the appropriate identification and utilization of referral services, both during hospitalization and in the community; (4) the involvement of community healthcare providers well versed in the care and follow-up of infants born ill or prematurely; (5) the psychosocial adaptations parents make as they accept their role as independent caregiver. A family Social assessment, Advocacy by all healthcare team members for the safety and well-being of the infant, strong Family involvement, and accessible Environmental resources contribute to the success of a SAFE discharge.

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