Predicting NICU admissions in near-term and term infants with low illness acuity

Malini Mahendra, Martina Steurer-Muller,
Samuel F. Hohmann, Roberta L. Keller,
Anil Aswani & R. Adams Dudley 

Journal of Perinatology (2020)

Admission rates to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) among all birthweight categories have risen over the past decade . Near-term and term infants account for the largest percentage of infants admitted to the NICU. It is known that the majority of near-term and term infants admitted to the NICU do not have diagnoses-associated with high illness acuity [2, 3]. A recent investigation from the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative showed that near-term and term infants with high illness acuity accounted for only 11.9% of NICU admissions, but that there was a 34-fold variation in NICU admission rates among inborn neonates across participating institutions

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