The safety of Canadian early discharge guidelines: effects of discharge timing on readmission in the first year post-discharge and exclusive breastfeeding to four months
Yanicki, Sharon M.
Canadian Public Health Association
Background: Few studies have examined earlier discharge in relation to Canadian guidelines for earlier discharge and infant feeding. We addressed differences in readmission (1 year post-discharge) and exclusive breastfeeding (4 months) for newborns and mothers discharged within 48 hours compared to those with a longer hospital stay. Method: A cohort of 1,357 vaginally delivered singleton normal newborns and their mothers (births between January 1, 1996 and March 31, 1997) were studied by linking five databases and a chart audit. Results: Overall there were no differences in infant and maternal readmission or rates of exclusive breastfeeding. Conclusion: Canadian guidelines for earlier discharge appear appropriate for vaginally delivered singleton normal newborns and their mothers with timely home visitation.
Sherpa Romeo blue journal: delayed open access
Hospital stay , Hospital birth , Readmission , Early discharge , Home visitation
Yanicki, S., Hasselback, P., Sandilands, M., & Jensen-Ross, C. (2002). The safety of Canadian early dischrge guidelines: effects of discharge timing on readmission in the first year post-discharge and exclusive breastfeeding to four months. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 93(1), 26-30.