Short-term outcomes of late preterms: An institutional experience

Akshaya J. Vachharajani, Jeffrey G. Dawson

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This article describes the short-term outcomes of late preterm neonates born between 34 and 36 (6/7) weeks gestational age (GA) in a 4-year period. A total of 1381/ 20554 (6.7%) births were between 34 and 36 weeks of GA and were predominantly Caucasian (87%). In all, 697/1381 (51%) were admitted to nursery whereas 684/1381 (49%) remained with their mothers. Of the babies born at 34, 35, and 36 weeks GA, 97%, 53%, and 32%, respectively, required admission and of these 30%, 33%, and 23%, respectively, required respiratory support. Air leaks developed in <4% infants. Median length of stay and age at full enteral feeds were 11, 6, and 4 days and 10, 6, and 3 days for 34, 35, and 36 weeks GA, respectively. It is concluded that late preterms have significant morbidity in the neonatal period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2009


  • Air leaks
  • Full feeds
  • Late preterm
  • Length of stay


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