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Unwarranted NICU admissions rise among normal birth weight infants

August 4, 2015

Neonatal ICUs are being overused by pediatric patients who do not meet the criteria for intensive care need, creating unnecessary risks and expenses, according to a recent study.

“Newborns in the United States are increasingly likely to be admitted to a NICU, and these units are increasingly caring for normal birth weight and term infants,” David Goodman, MD, MS, and Wade Harrison, MPH, both of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine, wrote. “The implications of these trends are not clear, but our findings raise questions about how this high-intensity resource is being used.”

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