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Evid Based Nurs 2:24 doi:10.1136/ebn.2.1.24
  • Causation

Infant readmission was related to early discharge, young gestational age, and breast feeding

Risk factors for infant hospital readmission for hyperbilirubinaemia

Variables Study group (%) Control group (%) Odds ratio (95% CI)
Gestational age ≤36 weeks 9.5 1.6 13.2 (2.7 to 64.6)
Jaundice in nursery 90.6 55.9 7.8 (3.4 to 18.0)
Gestational age >36–37 weeks 16.5 4.7 7.7 (2.7 to 22.0)
Gestational age >37–38 weeks 28.4 8.7 7.2 (3.1 to 17.0)
Breast feeding 89.0 63.8 4.2 (1.8 to 9.9)
Length of stay 48–<72 hours 44.1 33.1 3.2 (1.4 to 7.1)
Male sex 74.8 49.6 2.9 (1.5 to 5.7)
Length of stay <48 hours 47.2 46.5 2.4 (1.1 to 5.3)
Gestational age ≥40 weeks 15.8 34.7 0.4 (0.2 to 0.7)
Initial length of stay ≥72 hours 8.7 20.5 0.4 (0.2 to 0.8)
No meconium 3.2 22.8 0.2 (0.04 to 0.6)
Rupture of membranes ≥18 hours before birth 1.6 7.1 0.08 (0.01 to 0.5)

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