Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
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
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Houck, Angela T., "Improving Care and Outcomes for the Late Preterm Infant" (2012). Student Publications. 161.