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Clin Perinatol. 2013 Dec;40(4):753-75. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2013.07.008. Epub 2013 Sep 20.

Hospital readmissions and emergency department visits in moderate preterm, late preterm, and early term infants.

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Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, 2000 Broadway Avenue (2101 Webster Annex), Oakland, CA 94612, USA; Division of Neonatology, University of California, San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. Electronic address:


The increased vulnerability of late preterm infants is no longer a novel concept in neonatology, with many studies documenting excess morbidity and mortality in these infants during the birth hospitalization. Because outcomes related to gestational age constitute a continuum, it is important to analyze data from the gestational age groups that bookend late preterm infants infants-moderate preterm infants (31-32 weeks) and early term infants (37-38 weeks). This article evaluates hospital readmissions and emergency department visits in the first 30 days after discharge from birth hospitalization in a large cohort of infants greater than or equal to 31 weeks' gestation.


ED utilization; Preterm; Readmission diagnosis; Readmission rate; Rehospitalization

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