Comparison of short-term outcomes of late preterm singletons and multiple births: An institutional experience

Akshaya J. Vachharajani, Neeta A. Vachharajani, Jeffrey G. Dawson

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Abstract

We compare 4 short-term outcomesĝ€"namely admission to special care nursery (SCN), length of stay (LOS), age at full feeds (AFF) and respiratory morbidity/need for ventilationĝ€"in 1015 late preterm singletons and 366 twins and triplets born at our institution over a 4-year period. Birth weight (BW) and gestational age (GA) rather than plurality of birth determined need for admission to SCN, LOS, AFF, and need for respiratory support. When matched for GA, compared to singletons, twins and triplets needed less admission to SCN and respiratory support at 36 weeks, whereas at 34 weeks, they had longer LOS and took longer to get to full feeds. We conclude that the outcomes of interest are affected by GA and BW rather than plurality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)922-925
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Late preterm
  • Length of stay
  • Multiple births
  • Respiratory morbidity

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