First Advisor

Berg, Barbara

Second Advisor

Finn, Cris

College

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

School

Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

70 pages

Abstract

Abstract The late preterm infant population is the fastest growing and largest segment of preterm infants delivered on a global level. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit transfer and Pediatric unit re-admission rates were examined at a regional medical center in the context of providing an evidence-based practice guideline designed specifically for this cohort of newborns. Prior to instituting the Association of Women's Heath, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses Assessment and care of the late preterm infant: Evidence-based clinical practice guideline at a regional medical center, NICU transfer and Pediatric re-admission rates were retrospectively examined. After instituting the guideline for a six-month period, the rates were re-examined for comparison. The results included a significant decrease in Pediatric re-admissions and a slight increase in NICU transfers. These findings suggest a specialized pathway and increased surveillance may reduce costly preventable rehospitalization.

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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