Hospital readmissions and emergency department visits in moderate preterm, late preterm, and early term infants

Clin Perinatol. 2013 Dec;40(4):753-75. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2013.07.008. Epub 2013 Sep 20.


The increased vulnerability of late preterm infants is no longer a novel concept in neonatology, with many studies documenting excess morbidity and mortality in these infants during the birth hospitalization. Because outcomes related to gestational age constitute a continuum, it is important to analyze data from the gestational age groups that bookend late preterm infants infants-moderate preterm infants (31-32 weeks) and early term infants (37-38 weeks). This article evaluates hospital readmissions and emergency department visits in the first 30 days after discharge from birth hospitalization in a large cohort of infants greater than or equal to 31 weeks' gestation.

Keywords: ED utilization; Preterm; Readmission diagnosis; Readmission rate; Rehospitalization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • California / epidemiology
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Patient Readmission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Readmission / trends