Novembre 1999 - Volume XVIII - numero 9

Medico e Bambino


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Dimissione appropriata del neonato sano

GIUSEPPE LA GAMBA1, GHERARDO RAPISARDI2

1Divisione di Patologia Neonatale, Azienda Ospedaliera “Pugliese - Ciaccio”, Catanzaro
2T.I.N. - Cattedra di Pediatria Preventiva e Sociale, Azienda Ospedaliera “Meyer”, Firenze

EARLY DISCHARGE OF THE NEWBORN BABY

Key words: Newborn, Early discharge, Domiciliary care

The Authors discuss risks and negative side effects of early discharge of the newborn baby. Studies carried out in USA show that less than 3% of babies who had been discharged witin 24-48 hours needed to be readmitted. Most of the readmissions were due to jaundice, a few to dehydration, nutritional problems and previously undiagnosed congenital anomalies. The concept of early discharge should be reconsidered, however, since the widely perceived need is a timing of discharge suited to the mother’s and baby’s conditions and a postnatal domiciliary care and support. Several pilot projects have been started based on these principles and guidelines have been recently established for health service networking.

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G. La Gamba, G. Rapisardi Dimissione appropriata del neonato sano. Medico e Bambino 1999;18(9):574 https://www.medicoebambino.com/?id=9909_574.pdf


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