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