Level 2 hospital delivery of low birth weight infants 1970-1979

Hamid Mootabar, Harold E. Fox

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Abstract

We have reviewed the outcome for low birth weight infants in a designated Level 2 hospital. In New York City, hospitals are classified as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3; the latter being the large tertiary center. St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Roosevelt Division is a Level 2 institution modified by components of Level 3 expertise. The data presented spans 10 years comparing results before (Level 2) and after (Level 2+) upgrading of services. The survival of very low birth weight infants improved as a result of the change and is comparable to the tertiary center. The factors are discussed. It is concluded that an institution can decide on the lowest gestational age and/or birth weight to be managed within its perinatal service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1983

Keywords

  • Low birth weight infants
  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Perinatal network designations
  • Premature deliveries: changing attitudes
  • Premature deliveries: route of delivery
  • Survival rate for premature infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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