Efficacy of Subthreshold Newborn Phototherapy During the Birth Hospitalization in Preventing Readmission for Phototherapy

Efficacy of Subthreshold Newborn Phototherapy During the Birth Hospitalization in Preventing... Key PointsQuestionHow effective is subthreshold neonatal phototherapy during the birth hospitalization in preventing readmissions for phototherapy? FindingsIn this cohort study of 25 895 newborns born at 35 or more weeks’ gestation from 2010 through 2014 with total serum bilirubin levels just below the threshold for phototherapy, receipt of phototherapy during the birth hospitalization decreased readmission for phototherapy, but often with large numbers needed to treat. Formula feeding was also protective against readmission for phototherapy. MeaningAlthough an effective treatment, subthreshold phototherapy during the birth hospitalization requires treatment of many newborns unnecessarily for each readmission prevented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Efficacy of Subthreshold Newborn Phototherapy During the Birth Hospitalization in Preventing Readmission for Phototherapy

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2018 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6203
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2168-6211
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10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5630
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionHow effective is subthreshold neonatal phototherapy during the birth hospitalization in preventing readmissions for phototherapy? FindingsIn this cohort study of 25 895 newborns born at 35 or more weeks’ gestation from 2010 through 2014 with total serum bilirubin levels just below the threshold for phototherapy, receipt of phototherapy during the birth hospitalization decreased readmission for phototherapy, but often with large numbers needed to treat. Formula feeding was also protective against readmission for phototherapy. MeaningAlthough an effective treatment, subthreshold phototherapy during the birth hospitalization requires treatment of many newborns unnecessarily for each readmission prevented.

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JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 26, 2018

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